Central to Eastern Montana Fishing Report 6.6.18
By angelamontana

Posted: June 7, 2018

Spring 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   can   come on in fierce strength very fast.  The strength and depth of ice is changing very quickly so use caution. 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.  

(Report compiled by Carol Henckel)

Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560

Monty  reports, “The Crock Creek tournament had 98 boat teams.  The first place team won with 58.42 pounds.  The team was Gabriel and Sharrle Schlosser of Glendive.  Second place won with 55.84 pounds .  The winning team was Wayne Wilcox from Laurel and Zelk Gordon from Helena.  All teams faught a lot of wind especially the first day.  The walleye seemed to be heading deeper from 12 to 20 feet.  Many headed south to McGuire Creek.  The bass are really biting mostly north.  They are pretty good size.  The water is starting to clear up but there are still sre some mud line.  Walleye are being caught  on bottom bouncers . The water is really high.  “

“Our hours are Sunday to Thursday 7 am to 9 pm.  Friday to Sunday 7 am to 11pm.  We are willing to open early or later than these hours depending on the need.  We are excited to get people fishing and hear their fishing stories , Monty says.”

Tongue River Reservoir Raymond /Spencer/ Greg

Raymond   reports,”   Not as much catching this week. We got ¾  inches  this week.  The lake is residing some.  It is 34.29 feet right now and 68 degrees. There is no problem with any campsite and the water is muddy but starting to clear . People  are catching  crappies in the shallows.  I heard of no one  finding  pike.  There are more  bass being caught .   The people  are talking about catching few  walleye and they are finding  them scattered . The fish cleaning station and the dump site are up and running.   The boat inspection stations are  running.”

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

Wade says, “  The water backed off this week. We had kids fishing day this weekend and the kids caught fish with night crawlers.  It was slow fishing.  They caught bass, crappie but few walleyes.  The water needs to warm up more.  It was also windy again and that makes  it tougher.  There is definitely stuff floating out there.  You have to pay attention and watch for trees.  The  inspection station   is up and checking. We now have leeches.  The campgrounds below the dam are  open now.   ”

   The   Marina is now open every day.  Our  are 8 to 5 Monday to Thursday  and  Friday and Saturday 7 to 9.  On Sunday we will be open   from 7 to 5 pm.

 Hell Creek Marina- Clint Thomas-Layne 1-406- 557-2345

Tyler  says, “ was pretty good this week.  it did slow down yesterday because of the storm but it seems to be picking up today again.  Fishing is good for walleye.  The walleye seem to be between 11 and 14 pounds.  People are heading  from Hell Creek to toward J marker for them,  They are using bottom bouncers or jigs.  The  northern pike seem to be littler and they seem to b more east.  Size wise they are 17 to 20 inchers.  There were few bass caught.  I know of one catfish caught.  Chartruese, white and yellow seem to be the colors that are working.    “

 The Marina is open 7 days a week, 7 am to 6 pm.  ­­­­­­­

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

Eddie  says, “ Fishing  was slower this week.  The storms  bumping  around is probably the reason.  Guys are catching pike at 10 to 15 feet using cranks.  The lake trout have been good jigging at 40 to 80 feet depths. They are catching 6 to 40 fish a day.  The walleye are starting to pick up but so far only a few are being caught today because  of the stormy weather.  Use night crawlers and leaches.  Try colors chartreuse, pink and black.  ”

We do have minnows, suckers, fatheads, Smelt, night crawlers,  hooks, floaters, full suckers, wax and   meal worms and white and pink maggots here for the guys to use.  Our hours are   7am-6 pm Monday through Sunday. ”

Cooney Reservoir – Marina Matheson.

Marina, “  We had to close the Marshall Cove campground  as it is flooded.   You can walk in to fish from shore.  I hear of crappie, trout and walleye being caught.  People say it is just a medium bite.  They are catching from shore and boat.   “

Lake Elmo FWP Bob Gibson

 Guys  are catching fish.  Even on the rain people were out there fishing.  Perch and some bass  have been caught.  Guys are using worms, corn and marshmallows.

Lake Josephine- We are hearing and seeing lots of dead fish on shore.  There was a big winter kill there.  It seems to have hit the small pan fish hard.  We are hearing now that people are catching   smallmouth bass  when casting farther out.

There is still walk in to  fishing access sites in this region right now because of flooding.   There is just no predicting when that   will  change.  Check the FWP  site to see what site or changes.

Deadmans Tony Stefani

 Pat   explains,”   We had shore  fishermen  here this week.   They got some bites but it was very soft. So guys were frustrated.  They did  catch a few  trout and salmon.  I do not know how the boat fishermen were doing.  The water is clearing up and receding.  With the wind we have had it did  push water   into the camp sites but it is gone but we had to block some sits until the mud dries to prevent ruts from vehicles.  Right now there is still very little beach.  The road is good. “

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

  Terry explains,” Fishing has been slow they say.  Guys  haven’t even  buying  any  worms. Guys going to Deadmans  said the shore line was real muddy.   The rivers are sure high.

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

 Rick  says, “ at  Sutherlan  some fishermen caught a few ling.  On Bair the fishing  seems to depend on  who you are and when you go.  Out of the boat and on shore they caught a few nice fish.  The streams are going down.  We only got a little rain.   It was definitely high water this week.  The water is running over the dam.   ”

 Don’s Lewistown-Dale/Charlie

Charlie says, “We are in the process of closing  our shop so we are transferring our report to the Sports Center.  We want to thank all of our customers for their support.”

Sports Center   320 West Main Street, Lewistown, MT   535-9308  Colby / John Tognetti

“We fished Rock Creek.  There was  a lot of wind  at times and it could be tough fishing.  Everyone seemed to go south.  We usd bottom bouncers with spinners.  We did catch a 29 inch walleye.  We got 7th overall and had a good time.

Ackley is slow fishing   for trout right now.  Some people are catching Muskie   The  water is clearer.  I hear pulling cranks  going 5 to 10 miles running shallow.

On the East Fork the pike are biting.  Someone caught a nice 22 # pike.

On   Spring Creek   the water   is   still clearing up.  The Panther is working.  Guys are also  nymphing.

On the Missouri at the Fred Robinson-PN the fishing is good.  Try cut bait.  The guys said that using a fast cast they caught walleye from 2 to 10 pounds.  Bring your bug spray as the  bugs ae back.

On Crooked   Creek  the bugs are bad bring bug spray.  Guys are fishing  closer to  the mud line.   Head towards  Forchett.  Go slower to catch the fish and don’t go rea deep .  Use crawlers and leeches.

The little creeks are high and muddy, “ Colby   says.

Crooked Creek Marina Winnett, Montana   James  (Slim) and Abbie Craig  406-429-2999

Abby says,” fishing was poor this week because of the storm fronts.   The storm that the weather bureau  sent the waning out sent us a little rain but quite a lighting show.  They were catching  some fish from shore.  The water clears up right before Forchette.   Use purple, blue, white and  green  jigging or bottom bouncing. There is some floating debris in the water.  ”

 Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

  Sharon   reports,” Fishing is medium right now.  People are catching  trout.   They  are leaving with about  8 fish per person.    They are catching some  rainbow trout, perch and small  walleye.  It is muddy water until Hole in the wall. We will be at full pool soon.   Watch for floating   items in the water.  Some can be quite large. The Flamingo is now open.

Don’t forget to sign up for the annual Canyon Ferry Walleye Tournament on June 23 &24th.  Call Townsend Marine at 406-266-5700 and ask for Carol. “

The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.

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

Jim says,” At  Nelson  they are getting a few bites.  People are catching a few  walleye.   Try pitching  a spinner bait or swim bait.  Do it close to the  weed line and rock piles.  The walleye bite  seems to be hit and miss.  The water  is high.  The bugs are bad  so bring big spay.

At Forchette  fishing is still  good .  The   walleye and northern pike bite is good  using worms.  Try  15 feet of water in the shallows.  “

Stop by the store.  We do have minnows here if you need them.

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

 Billings-Scheels Jayce, Tanner, Matt

Jayce said,” At Hell Creek some guys said they caught 3 and 4 pound smallmouth on the rocky points.  They are catching some walleye.

The   Yellowstone it is blown out.  The water is real  muddy. They are catching cats in the back channels.

The Big Horn is high.  They say it is super grassy.

Yellowtail the pool is full.  Fishermen are using Senkos or wacky rigging and getting 1 and 2 pound small mouth .

Tongue- The water is muddy so it is slower fishing.    They say they caught a some of crappies.

Cooney-I have been told that guys are using a slip bobbers and catching fish  from the boat. A bit  slower fishing.  .”

Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540

Rich says, “Canyon Ferry is  still  woody  from Canyon Ferry to White Earth.  There is lots of wood on top of the lake.   I hear they are catching trout and walleye at 8 to 20 feet depths.  The bite is off and on.  Just not terrific.   It is fair if you can get away  from the wood.  “

The rivers are really muddy  right now.  They are beginning to go down.

I hear  Holter and Hauser are good fishing.  They are catching  perch.  They are jigging for them.  The walleye  seems to be kind of less of a bite.

I talked to some guys who went to Nelson Ceek.  They experienced hail and rain.  The wind was horrific.  They left there with $3,000 worth of damage.  They got a few walleye,  some nice size ones were caught.  A couple 21 to 28 inch walleye. “

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

Chris says, “  The water  is  muddy.  It is really unsafe both on the Yellowstone and  the Stillwater for fishing.  Look for side tributaries.   Hit the lakes and ponds right now. “

We are  open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 to 5 pm,” Chris says.

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

 Beau says, “I  fished  the Missouri  this week.  The water is coming out of Holter.  It is really high and you have to really be careful.  I would say if you are a novice don’t fish here right now.  You really have to know what you are doing.   The  water temperature is coming up.  It is a harder catch.  Use sow bugs and San Juan worms and  blue wing olives.   It is all nymph fishing. ”

Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375

Stephanie  reports,”  We got some rain.  The cfs is  1, 000 now. The water is  pretty grassy.  For dries   try midges  and   smoke  jumpers. There is a   baetis hatch in the early afternoon.     Try a parachute Adams.  You can  try a Just buster , a cripple Thor or a student baetis.  Any nymph is good to try.  Use a two tone scud, carpet sow bugs , the San Juan, gray rays, zebra midges or JuJu   baetis.  Right now  it is not streamer  active.  ”

Our summer hours  are   8 am to 5 every day.

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

****No report received this week.


Madison River

Alice reports, “The water is high and off color in the upper Madison. A few adult March Brown and blue winged olive mayflies have been seen on the water. Most of the fish this week were caught on nymphs. Fish are eating medium sized dark stonefly nymphs when they can see them and smaller, flashy beadhead pheasant tail nymphs. Make sure to check current conditions before you head out, flows on the Upper Madison will change drastically in the next couple weeks. There are still a few rainbows on their  redds, best to leave them alone.  “

Yellowstone National Park    

Yellowstone National Park is now open .