By angelamontana

Posted: September 14, 2017

COMPILED BY Carol Henckel

Fall is  on its way  and with it comes sudden changes in weather and  changes in  water and drought fire  conditions.  Outdoor enthusiasts including fishermen need to pay attention to these changes.   Flooding can   happen    quickly so fishermen or fisherwomen need to   keep in touch with the weather service.     Enjoy yourself but remember alcohol alters your judgment. So use it sparingly while enjoying the outdoors. Keep an eye on the weather as conditions such as temperature, wind, fire and precipitation including snow   can   come on in fierce strength very fast. This report is compiled on Monday and Tuesday and reflects conditions and results of fishing from the past week.  If you wish other information feel­­ free to contact most parties for current daily information. Good luck fishing from the Montana Outdoor Radio Crew.


Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560

Linda    reports, “  It has been slow not many people here.  Some bass are being found at Sand Arora.  One bass that I saw was huge.  The biggest I have ever seen.   The bite for walleye is   really slow. The northern pike bite  is spotty.  Yesterday it seemed to improve slightly. “

We are open 7 to 9 during the week and 7 to 11 on the weekend. We do have cabins for rent.  Services   are  available .


Tongue River Reservoir /Spencerr Greg

Raymond  reports ,”  I have heard and have seen crappie caught.  They are catching northern pike at the dam.  They also have been catching cat fish below the dam in the river.  The frog pond is half gone.  At some sites you can still get to the water.  The level is going down.  We have had heavier winds so the water is clearer. “


Tongue River Marina  1-406-757-2225 Wade, Stephanie /Warden Jordan Staley

Greg  says,” The bass fishing is really good.    People are catching lots of crappies.  The bass  have been good size.  The bass are at the structures and  pitch   a spin bait.  I have not heard of any walleye being caught this week. Crappies seem to  have gone deeper to 10 to 30 feet.  Trail a tube jig letting it suspend above the bottom to catch them.”

My hours are Monday through Thursday 8 to 6 pm.  Friday and Saturday the hours will be 8 to 8 pm in May.  Sunday will be 8 to 5 pm.”


Hell Creek Marina- Clint Thomas-Tyler 1-406- 557-2345  Marina Matheson-Park  personnel

Clint  reports,  “ the bass and northern pike are deep 6 to 8 feet down.   They are also finding them at 20 to 30 feet.  I can’t explain it right now.  For the bass use a jig in the rocks and weeds. You can pitch a spoon with a crank using the top water.   Walleye   are scattered.  You can find them from 14 to 30 feet.  It is not a run away for them. Use a bottom bouncer for  walleye.”

We are open 7 days a week, 7 am to 6 pm now.  ­­­­­­­

The park manager for Hell Creek State Park is Marina Matheson.


Lake Ridge Motel Eddie and Carrie Mindt 1-406-526-3597

Eddie says,   “The  salmon  bite is real slow.  They just are not biting this week.  You might catch one here or there.     Lake trout are being  found in depths of 90 to 125 feet  if you find them.  Walleye are hit and miss.  Mostly in the main water.  Use a slow death and crawler.  Sometimes cranks work.”

Our hours are now 7am to 7pm Sunday and Monday to Thursday.  Friday  and Saturday we are open 7 am to 7 pm.   ”


Cooney Reservoir -Glennis, Mark is the   game warden at Cooney.

“  Fire restriction is Stage II which means no campfires.  The reservoir is lowering.   I have seen people  mostly perch and  some   rainbow trout.  Powerbait and worms are what they are using.  . There is some algae along the edges. “  Mark  says .


Lake Elmo FWP Bob Gibson

Bob  reports,” At the Big Horn the After Bay is lowered for the Army Corp so it has almost no water in it.   The Corp  is doing maintenance.

The department is pretty much done stocking for the season.

Deadmans is low and they are moving the dock.

At Lake Elmo there are a lot of people out fishing.  They are here daily so they must be having some success.   “


Deadmans  Tony Stefani

Pat   says,” Not much fishing going on this week. Just not many people here.  We are pulling the dock today as the water has dropped.  The water is so low it is almost to the bottom of the ramp.  You can get a boat on with the ramp.   Smoke is definitely a factor.  We have had lots in the last two days.  Remember   that we are in fire  Stage II .    There are no fires allowed. “


Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22

Terry says, “ I  heard fishing at Martinsdale from shore was really good this week.  The fish were 3 to 5 pounds using colored marshmallows.  They just keep changing the color.  The guys said fishing was fantastic when they went this week, ”


Checkerboard Inn   Checkerboard, MT   Rick and Judy Geordge  406-572-3373

Judy  says, “ I heard guys did real well at Martinsdale and Bair this week.  They were using powerbait and worms.  The water was low they said.”


Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194

Charlie  said, “  Spring Creek is fishing well.  The water is  clear.   Dries and nymphs  are working .  Pretty much any pattern is working.


Achley : Achley is pretty mossy.

On  the Westend of Fort Peck  Crooked Creek  fishing  is working and they are catching some.  They are catching walleye.  With  the nights cooling off    the fishing should get a lot better.  They were using jigs and bottom bouncers  at varying depths. “


Crooked Creek  Crooked Creek Marina  Craig and Abby James 406-429-2999

Carrie   says, “   It is still  good fishing.  Pike have been on the Big side.  Lots of big ones are  being caught.  You will find them in the weed beds at 20 to 25 feet.  People are catching   pike,  perch. and  crappie and even some cats off the banks. “

The Marina’s hours are Monday to Thursday 7 am to 7pm and Friday to Sunday 6am to 9pm

There  is  full service at the Marina with non-ethanol fuel, bait, minnows, worms, leaches and fishing lures.  We  also  have some rods and reels.  There  are cabins to rent. We hope to be open year round.


Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

“ Sharon says,” Fishing has been  good.    There have been lots of perch caught.  There is still good walleye fishing going on.  Mostly in the 12 to 16 inch size.  It is working from shore and from boat.

The Flamingo is closed but we moved the sandwiches to the Marina and have a little deli there that we can serve people from.  “

There continues to be  an inspection station at the landing.  Every boat will be inspected   when they come out of the water.  It is halfway between the  landing and the highway.  The live well needs to be empty of water.  The plug needs to be removed   and the live well needs to be   wiped down.   We do have plenty of bait here. They are now setting up a water cleaning station up from the ramp.     The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.


West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611

Jim says,” I have not heard a word about Forchette.

At Nelson people are   catching fish on jigs and minnows.   Use a bottom bouncer for walleye.  Go to depths of 35 to 10 feet.  The fish are scattered so the depths change hourly or daily. ”

Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday


Billings-Scheels John Cooper, Dan

Matt Cowen   says ,”it has been pretty quiet for fishing reports for  any specific reports this week.

At  Cooney  I have heard of a few guys catching some fish.  They use cranks  going  2 ½ mph.

The rivers are low I hear.

They say the Yellowstone  is starting to fish better  for sauger , walleye and bass east of Billings.


Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540

Unable to contact this week.

Rich says, “ I have heard  of some lousy fishing from fishermen,  On the rivers people are saying there is not much catching happening.  The FWP lifted the Hoot hour on  the Jefferson and Gallatin but not on the Madison.  Keep checking on the FWP for changes. I also heard from one guy who went fishing by Jordan who marked a lot of fish deep but could not catch any.  They just would not bite.”


Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977  , Bill, Jasmine

Bill  reports,“  The  Stillwater is fishing okay.  It is rising..  The upper half is coming back.   Not much in   hatches right now.    Try small dries.  Try a purple haze, Parachute Adams, a Sparkle or a Pupa trailer fly.    For nymphs try using large flies keying off of hoppers or large ones.

On the Yellowstone try using beadhead, prince hair, hairs ear, pheasant tail, flashback, rubber lake prince and batman. ”


Montana Adventures and Angling in Fort Smith  Beau McFadyean 406-855-3612

Beau says,”  fishing is okay.    The tricot hatch  is less in the morning.    Fishing after that is worse.  It is slow fishing right now. After that hoppers may   work.  Nymphs are better some days and not another.  Streamers are working as well.  Try a sow bug or a San Juan worm.   The grass is high and is breaking loose.  The after bay is way down as they are doing some work. ”


Steven Caldwell   guide,

Unable to contact

Steven says,” Put the nymphs away unless you go to the dam.  Try and throw dries.

Better yourself…throw at a rising fish .

And get to the Missouri to fish.

Try a fly that is dead drifted.  Drop it in.  Reach cast, feed the line with no drag and set the hook and repeat.

And again get out early during the heat.  Make sure you stay hydrated.   Heat exhaustion or heat stoke are bad and once you experience it can return easier. , Treat the fish  with care.  If they come unhooked before the net that’s a bonus!  Keep em wet.


Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375

Stephanie  said ,” The  water  is at  3200 cfs.     There are tricots   hatching in the morning between 5:30 to 10:30 am .   There are not many caddis found.  There is no fishing at the dam afterbay right now.  The Army Corp according to an email is doing “full gate travel testing. This is routine maintenance and updating psat monitoring equipment.   The work should be completed by the end of the week and   the  water they hope will be returning by the weekend. “   The water in the river is still fine.  There is grass still.  Just use nymphs with less weight.  It is more at the edges.     Use a dun size 20 or a spinner at 22.      The fishing is good.

For  nymph fishing It seems to not be doing as well because of the grass. .  You could try a  gray Ray Charles size 18,  soft tackle ,orange sow bug, zebra midge, black PT or San Juan worm.  Use a black caddis as it works.

Streamer fishing is still good. Try a vanilla wafer or a dirty hippy.  A pseudo spinner size 18 is also working. ”

Our normal hours are we are closed Sunday and Monday. We   are open   9 am to 2 pm now Tuesday to Saturday.


Riverside Anglers in West Yellowstone : Alice Owsley, fishing guide and outfitter 406-640-1698


Alice says,”   Madison below Quake Lake,

Madison River

The Madison below the quake  has  blue winged olives and some caddis are hatching.  Fish were eating hoppers in the warm sun.
Cold temperatures should bring more bug activity.

Yellowstone  National Park

Yellowstone National Park fish will eat hoppers until it snows. Madison and the  Firehole are starting to fish with much  cooler temperatures in the forecast.
Caddis are hatching on the Firehole


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