Central to Eastern MT Fishing Report 10.11.17
By angelamontana

Posted: October 11, 2017

Fall is  here  and with it comes sudden changes in weather and  changes in  water  conditions.  Outdoor enthusiasts including fishermen need to pay attention to these changes.   Storms  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.  


(compiled by Carol Henckel)

Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560

Bill    reports, “ Northern pike has picked up some..  Fishing was real slow. I have a couple  people out here were pulling cranks.  Otherwise no one was looking  for other fish.  I received no other reports.  It was windy Saturday and Sunday making it tough fishing.  I have not heard of anyone seeing an salmon yet. We have closed  the Marina.  There will be no services.  We did get the docks   pulled so they are now out. There will be no food.  We will have some fuel if you can find someone to help you with it.  “


Tongue River Reservoir Raymond /Spencer/ Greg

People have said a few  boats  over the  weekend.  Some people got   a few crappie.  Some guys got a fair number of bass.  The boat inspection will be here until the October 15th.


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

Wade   says,” not too many people fishing  this weekend.  A few crappie were caught.  They said catching northern pike or walleye was really slow. The Marina is closed .  Bring your own worms as there will not be any here.  There will be no fuel available. “  Another source says ” a few bass were caught”.


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

This last week the weather has been windy.   The walleye bite  has been slow  this past  week.    Northern pike and bass also seemed to be slow as well.   For the  northerns    guys are pitching spoons or cranks”

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, “   Not much salmon action this week.  Even the snagging is slow. Only a few caught this week. They shocked this week and did find some.  They are supposed to shock again today. I went out and got 4 on Saturday and 2 yesterday.  I took out someone Monday and got a northern and a few lake trout.  The lake trout were shallow.  We were blown off by noon because of wind. “

Our hours are now 6am to 8pm 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.

“The water has gone up about a foot. The north shore dock is still in.  People   who fished from a boat at sunset were doing pretty darn good   on walleye.   People are   catching   rainbow trout  and a few  browns at the Red Lodge Fisherman  Point .  So the browns are starting to be more active as fall is here.  Two of the three docks have been pulled, “  Mark  says.


Lake Elmo FWP Bob Gibson

The wind has made it pretty quiet at   Lake Elmo.  Some are   catching if they don’t mind the cold and wind.  The osprey are definitely enjoying the wind.


Deadmans  Tony Stefani

“A few fishermen have come. Don’t know if they are catching.  We got blown off because of the wind” , A source   says.


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

Terry says, “Only a few guys   fishing on Martinsdale this week.  They are only catching a few fish.   The guys that were fishing were   using colored marshmallows in   green and   yellow.  Fishing seems to be up and down, some days better than others.”


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

Judy   says, “Not a lot of fishermen who went out. Some found out it  was real windy and  came home.  Not a good week for fishing.  ”


Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194

Charlie   said, “   Spring Creek is about the only place to fish right now.  It is   still   fishing   well using flies.  Use silver, gold or copper spinners. Try a standard beadhead.   You can use dries   like midges.  Nymphs are also working.

The other waters have moss and lots of cloudy muddy water so they are not fishable right now. “


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

Carrie   says, “  People are still  catching.  They are catching walleye, sauger and northern pike. We are hearing that the fishing is slower.  The fish seem to have gone deeper.  Not as many caught. “

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,” Lots of days of wind this week.  Some guys are coming down and turning around and leaving because of the wind.   For those who came on a day or time when the wind was not blowing fishing was   good .    They did   catch   walleye   in thee 12 to 16 inch size.  It is not raining or windy today.  It is sort of sunny today.   “

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,” Not as many fishermen that I talked to went out.    People  are still finding fish at Nelson.   Fall fishing should be good coming up.  They are catching  walleye and perch.  People are trying a jig.   ”

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


Billings-Scheels John Cooper, Dan, Matt

Jayce  says ,” On Tongue I was there last week and the small mouth bite was up big time.  We were doing well with a football head jig in the early morning.  Otherwise   use a green or natural color tube.  We caught a few   crappies  using a twister tails.  We only caught one walleye.

Yellowstone: I have heard the  Yellowstone  has been  good for small mouth bass going east of Billings.  They are using a   tube bait or a paddle tail swim bait.    I have been told  a few sauger  were caught. Not much action from walleye.

Yellowtail: On Yellowtail the sauger   are finally showing up. The guys are  catching  a few sauger.  Use a jig and a minnow.

Cooney:  I hear the walleye bite is better again in the evening.  Jigs are working.

Fort Peck:   Salmon fishing  on Fort Peck at the dam people say  is slow.


Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540

Rich says, “ Winter is almost here if I am already  having to break the ice off of the horse troughs.  I did that this morning.  It is definitely cold here.   On   Canyon Ferry guys were catching the bigger size walleyes  but the bite is off and on.

Fort Peck:  The people that went up to catch salmon only got weather.  The one group did not catch much and dealt with some snow and rain.

On the river the fly fishermen are getting some fish.  I have heard guys are catching   on the Madison and  on the Gallatin.   They are catching some nice browns. The weather has not been good this week.  ”


Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977  ,Bill

Chris reports,“  We had wind this week  again.  Not a lot of change from last week.   The Stillwater  has  cleared up well.   The purple haze is working.   For dries try  pheasant  tails.  Some guys are using a girdle bug with a nymph behind    and   it is working.  For streamers try black and olive or the electric   goldfish.

On the Yellowstone it has fished pretty well this week.  Try a dry fly after it warms up after noon.    Try streamers and dropper nymphs.  Don’t hurry to get out in the morning fishing is better after it warms up.  ”


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

Beau says,” The water has turned over.  It is pretty dirty right now. You can catch fish but boy you  have to work at it.  It is just way too grassy and muddy.  So visibility is really poor.  Not seeing a  tricot hatch .  There is lots of grass and it is breaking away.  Wait for winter then the fishing should get good again.”


Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375

Collette  said ,” The  water  is still at 4500 CSF.

That has pushed grass out. The color of the water   and the grass has made it really hard to fish.    No  tricots out right now. No dries are working.

Nymph fishing has been tough as the water is so cloudy .    Don’t use much weight.  Try using anything that throws a dark silhouette. You could try a gray Ray Charles size 18, soft tackle, orange sow bug, zebra midge, and black PT or San Juan worm.

Streamer fishing is tougher with the grass. You can try a vanilla wafer, a dirty hippy or a pseudo spinner.”

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, Yellowstone National  Park

Madison River

Afternoon blue winged olive hatches have kept fish eating dries and nymphs, especially if it is cloudy.  Streamer bite is continuing to bring in beautiful fish.

Yellowstone  National Park

Dark streamers have been working on the Madison. When you are fishing for the lake runs, please be respectful of the other anglers with which you are sharing the water. The Firehole and Gibbon rivers have also been fishing well, especially with afternoon hatches of blue winged olives and smaller caddis.

Carry your bear spray and check road conditions.