Central to Eastern Montana Fishing Report 11.7.18
By angelamontana

Posted: November 8, 2018

Autumn is here and that means sudden changes in weather and 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. The fire season is still on us so it means we all need to be alert to be alerts and conditions.    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 in with fierce strength.  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- Monty LeTexier , Wyatt  For winter call 1-406-230-1283  for Linda

Marina number is less reliable in winter.  1-406-485-2560

Linda says, “We had rainy cold  weather for the last week.  No one  was here fishing.  We had hunters but they had no time for throwing   a line in the water. “

“We have closed the Marina as of October 1st. We still have limited services.  Linda and Neal will still be at Rock Creek.  We still have cabins for rent.  Call this number 1-406-230-1283 .  The  Marina number  will probably not bring much result. With the other number  Linda or Neal will help you.  If you call and come up we can provide food.  Speak to Linda about that.  The fuel docks are pulled but we do have fuel by the Marina should you need it.  “Monty says.

Tongue River Reservoir Raymond /Spencer/ Greg

Raymond says,” The weather was cold this week.  The water temperature is dropping it is now  46 degrees.   We had   two  fishermen here this week .  They were here from early morning until dark so I don’t know if they were catching nothing or catching lots.    I  don’t know if they  caught anything.   The water level is holding.  The docks are still in.

There are no reservations needed for camp sites it is now first come first take. Everything is shut down like the electricity and water.  The cleaning station has been closed.  There are sites still open at Campers Point #1 to 11 and have electric hookups on year round.   “    .

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

Wade   says, “None of my   friends  went  fishing this week.  Hunting was their choice.   The weather was cold and unlike others we just got a skiff of snow.     The docks are still in so you could hit the autumn   fishingif you don’t mind the cold. ”

 We have now closed the Marina until there is a need   during ice fishing season.    We are now closed

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

Clint says,” If   guys came to hunt a few threw   a line in as well.  People   are   catching   northern pike.  They   are at 14 to 18 feet depths using spoons.  If it is sunny they move to 6 to 10 feet depths.   Use cranks then.  Walleye fishing was tough. “

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

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

Carrie and Jammie  say, “  Lake trout fishing  has been good.  They are finding them anywhere from 40 feet up to 10 feet.   Use cranks or spoons. Not hearing much about salmon.  They are  just spearing a few.  You have to pick and choose as they are starting to die off.    Some fishermen  are catching some walleye  fishing in the river. They are picking a few up but is really slow.  Some days it has been tough to get out.  The wind has been blowing 50 mph on a few days. ”

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. Shauni, Cynthia

Aaron   reports, “There has been no   boats out here  this week.  The water is low and still dropping.  The water is 62 degrees. We had quite a bit of wind this week.  We only got an inch and a half of snow last night.

The fish cleaning station is still open but I hear not much activity there.   .  The campground is now first come first serve now as the reservation system is done taking them for the season. The boat ramps are out.  The Marshall Cove campground is now open. The drinking water has been shut down for the winter.  Our electric is on year around.  The North shore campground is now closed. “

Lake Elmo FWP Bob Gibson

The weather has been such that there were few people on the water this week. With the snow and wind the  ducks and geese are the only ones out.. The lake level is still full.

 Deadmans Tony Stefani/ Pat

There has been no one  out  braving  the cold  this week.  We had lots of wind, rain and even snow   this week,” Pat tells us.

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

 Martinsdale had wind this week so getting on the water was tough.  No one I talked to could get on the water.

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

 Judy says, “I heard  the first day of the week someone tried heading  to Bair.  No  fishing there.  No one  headed to Martinsdale as it was  pretty windy.”

Sports Center 120 2nd Ave South  Lewistown, MT   535-9308  Colby / John Tognetti

Our hours are 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10 am to 4pm on Sunday.”

 John reports, “Not many fishermen coming in.  When  it is cold and we get snow no one wants to go out to fish.

 About all I have heard is that on  the  Missouri river   people are catching some walleye and sauger.  I hear  it has been decent .  The water is mostly clear.  They are using live minnows or plastic with a jig.”

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

Carri   explains,” We had one  family group  come to fish.  One  person  caught a 4 pound  bass .  He was delighted.  A 35 inch pike   was  caught as well. The fishing was pretty good despite the wind and cold. The fish are shallower.  The bite is still really light and so you have to be very alert or you don’t catch any. Our docks are still in.”

Carrie explains, “Some people have said they have trouble getting us. This is our time to get things done outside before winter hits so we may not be sitting next to the phone.  Please leave a message as we will call you back.  We will make sure you hear from us. ”

 Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

  Fishing has been pretty cold. Not many people were out.  You can still throw a pole in from shore.   Trout fishing was okay this week.  Call if you want to know how conditions are.”

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

The Flamingo has closed for the season.

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

Dan   reports,”  I have not heard much on fishing.  Right now I think Nelson has slowed down some.  We are getting our first snow and it is pretty cold so no one wants to do much  fishing.So far it has snowe about ¾ of an inch. “

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   reports, “On the Yellowstone around Forsyte and Hysham guys were still catching sauger, and walleye. They are saying it has slowed down.  They are using jigs with minnows.

Snagging for salmon I   hear is slowing way down at the dam.  People are saying the fishing for lake trout is still happening   at Fort Peck dam.  It is decent fishing. ”

Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540

Rich says,” Nothing heard  from people  about Canyon Ferry.   The weather has slowed down going out and fishing. Not much information around there right now as most are hunting.”

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

Chris says, “There is not much to report.  I went on the Yellowstone things are a toss up, one day up and one day down.  It is fishing okay. You get lots of white fish.  Use fall patterns.  Use small streamers.

 The Stillwater is still   low.  Anyone going to the Stillwater is   wading or walking to fish. ”

We are   open Monday to Sunday from 9 to 5 pm.”

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

Beau says,” I was again on the Missouri this week.  The Missouri is fishing   well.  Nymph fishing is working .  Use a Zebra midge.  There is a pseudo hatch and baetes hatch coming out around noon time. There is also   a caddis hatch later in the afternoon.  The water is crystal clear.  “

Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375

 Rick says,” A few guys have said nymphing is a little better.  Especially  out of the boat.  Nymphing is working well.   There is a lot of grass so you do better out of the boat so you can fish spots.    Try Nymphing it  is what is the most successful.   Use the gray rays, tan rays and baetes patterns. If it is warm you see a baetes hatch early am.  ”

Our hours   are   8 am to 5 every day.

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

Fishes Madison River and Yellowstone National Park waters


Midges have been hatching most days just before noon with Blue winged olive mayflies starting soon after noon. Dry fly activity can bring up fish through the afternoon depending on the   weather. Streamer activity can be good throughout the day.

Yellowstone Park

Be sure to check current road conditions before heading to the park.  The Madison in the park is still producing some nice fish.  Lower elevation streams in the park have had great hatches of blue winged olive mayflies during the late mornings of most calm days.  Recent low temperatures have greatly reduced the insect activity on the higher elevation streams in YNP.  Don’t forget your vibram soled boots and bear spray!