Compiled by Carol Henckel
With fall weather starting be aware that it can be unpredictable. 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 and precipitation can change quickly. 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 Walleyes Forever of Montana.
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560 Taeler said,“Fishing has been pretty good. The northern pike seems to be active like crazy. The main thing is if you are not a experienced fishermen you may get skunked but if you know how to catch pike you can get them. It has been poor for walleye. The water temperature has cooled down.” Last week they found them at 10 to 15 feet deep using a crank bait. The bigger the better. The colors that are working seem to be orange or white right now.
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob They are still catching some crappies. Mostly ones in the 12 inch size. A few nice bass both large and small mouth are being caught.
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephannie /Warden Jordan Straley “Our last day of being open is Wednesday. We are thinking we will be open for ice fishing later on. It was foggy some this week. So not many fishing,” Stephanie said. Last week’s report has been confirmed by someone else here it is. “Northern pike have been doing well also on crappie and bass. Try a worm for success. We have not seen many walleye being caught this week, “Wade said.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Craig Putchat-Park Office Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir “Fisherman are doing fair for fish. Fishermen ain’t been too bad. They are catching small mouth near Timber Creek. I am not hearing much about walleye or northern pike. Crooked Creek is fishing fair. People seem to be tight lipped if they are lucky to find some. The water temp has cooled some.,” Cody said.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597 “You can find lake trout at 100 feet right now. Use an evil eye, flasher or squid. Lake trout are still being caught. The salmon are now in the Marina Bay. Use small cranks. They are bunched up and you can see them in the water but they just don’t seem want to eat. Northern pike are pretty random and a few walleye are being caught,” Gene says.
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson Bob said, “ Fishing has really slowed on Elmo. Only a few trout being caught as well as some small perch. You really have to work at it.”
Big Horn “There is lots of moss and grass. Fishing was good. We fished with Bob Krum. Fish real early. We found an early tricot bite using a dry fly. It started early. After that we did nymph fishing. There was a good dry fly hatch,” Bob Gibson explained.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis Glenis said.” Guys are caught a few trout. Someone did catch a 6 pounder. Worms and marshmallows have worked. The water has dropped. They seem to be heading to the north shore. We are pulling the Marshall Cove and Red Lodge docks on Thursday.” Cooney is still in stage 1 fire restrictions.
Deadmans Tony Stefani “Fishing has picked up. It is good real early in the morning and in the evening. They are catching nice rainbow and salmon. Spinners and powerbait or worms and marshmallows are working,” Tony said. Remember campers about our change to a pay site.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-2261 “Not much fishing going on. No one is talking about fishing everyone is talking hunting. Usually it picks up in fall. Try using powerbait and worms if you go. I have not heard anything about Martinsdale.”
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194 Charlie said, “ River water is cooler but fishing seems to be down. On Spring Creek go to 20 foot down. Use worm harnesses. They are catching small walleye but good nice northern pike. On Spring Creek fishing is good. Use small spinners. On Achley fishing is real good. They are catching 14 to 16 inchers. Rainbow trout are being caught on small spinners and teresteral patterns. The rest of the ponds are still really mossed up.
Crooked Creek-Grant Crooked Creek marina is now open Friday, Sat and Sunday. Call for information on it being open. Word has it that the water has lowered but you can use the dock. The number is 1-406-429-2999.
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281 Eddie reports, “We are again open. Catfish on the Yellowstone are doing well. Lots of moss on the water. From Huntley East fish the edges for success. The bass fishing is excellent.”
We are now in summer hours. We are closed Monday. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we are open 11 to 5, Friday 11 to 7, Saturday 7 to 7 and Sunday 7 to 5pm.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon “Fishermen has been very good this week. We have weighed a 9 and 6 pounder. They seem to be finding them at White Earth, Goose Bay and Snaggy Bay. Still lots of eaters 14 to 16 inches are being caught. Trout fishing is still good. Most are using crankbaits and bottom bouncers,” Sharon said. The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611 Nelson and Forchette fishing is still good. Minnows are starting to work. You can still use bottom bouncers with worms. We have seen some nice size walleye being caught. Forchette is slower. It is harder to fish right now.” Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in any time.
Billings-Scheels Josh says, ”The bass are doing well at Hell Creek. On the Yellowstone fishing is fair I hear. At the Hysham area it has slowed for small mouth bass and catfish. No reports of walleye or sauger caught. The Tongue fishing is slower. They are not getting much right now. On Cooney I hear it is low. They are catching some walleye more at night. Try cranks 30 to 40 feet deep. You can use cowbell for trout and have success.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540 Not much news on fishing this week. It was cold here last night like 32 degrees. Last I heard they catching little walleye at Canyon Ferry fishing. Lots of nice trout being caught 3 to 4 pounds. I hear it is decent fishing on the Madison. They are using crawlers. I hear Fort Peck has been good for northern pike. Use steel leaders. They are trolling. Shop hours are Sunday 12 to 4 pm. Closed Monday. Tuesday to Saturday 7am to 6 pm. You can always call ahead if you are coming through and need something on off hours and we may be able to help.
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977 Chris says, “ The weather has been good. On the Stillwater the water is low. That opens up some exciting new opportunities to fish. It opens up features you don’t often get to fish. You can try new methods you often only get to read about. There are many shelves that you can see now. Try a hopper with a dropper with nymphs. On the Yellowstone fishing is poor. Floating is pretty tough and not recommended.”
“ We now are in fall hours in the shop and are open Tuesday to Sat. from 9 am to 2 pm. We are closed Monday and Sunday.
Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375 Stephanie says,” The cfs is 2500 close to the same and holding. It is pretty good. Lots of moss. So it is a bit tougher fishing. It is okay tricot fishing. Use a size 22 spinner in black and white. Tricos are working in the early part of the day 6 to 10 am. Nymphs are working.” Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.