Compiled by Carol Henckel
With warm weather is here please 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 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 “The wind blew all week and so not much fishing happened. It was too hard to get out on the water. So there was no fishing happening. The water temperature has dropped from 74 to 68 degrees I was told. We did not even have fishermen out here and some of that is school starting as well as the heat. I can’t tell you much about the fishing. I do know they are catching salmon at the dam and doing real well,” Bill said.
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob Pederson “Fishing has been very slow. Water level is good. Access for campsites are 90% real good. Heat is a problem. Smoke is heavy here today. We have had one Saturday where it was 30 degrees overnight and then 90 degrees by the end of the day. That makes for slow fishing,” Bob explains.
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephannie /Warden Jordan Straley Gabe says,” Fishing for walleye is slow. People are catching crappies and bass. They are finding them close to shoreline. We are selling a lot of minnows so they must be working. Look for walleye you should head to below the dam. The northern pike are in the shallows in 2 to 3 feet depths. Try using a top-water bait or spoons. Chartreuse seems to be the color to use.” Stephanie and Wade Bastrom now run the Tongue river Marina. The Marina schedule is Monday to Thursday 8 to 6 pm, On Friday and Saturday 7 to 9 pm and Sunday, 7 to 6 pm. We will have minnows, leaches and night crawlers.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Craig Putchat-Park Office Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir “Fishing is decent for northern pike and bass. Walleye fishing has been pretty slow. The water has finished turning over. Many have headed toward Crooked Creek.“, Cody says.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597 Gene, of Lake Ridge said,” Fishing has been excellent. The Salmon fishermen are limiting out by 10 am. They are still going deep to 75 to 95 feet deep. The best spot is at the dam. Lots of fishermen out there. Definitely the best fishing since 1996 and 1997. They are using flashers and squids. The lake trout are doing well. The walleye fishing is decent in the evenings.”
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson Fishing has been good. They are still catching. Traffic of fishermen to Elmo have slowed down with school getting ready to start. Fishing in the morning and evening seems to be best. I heard that the Big Horn is working with using the big ugly hoppers. Those are catching fish.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis Walleye fishing has picked up. It seems to be better in the evening after dark when it has cooled down. Try bright neon lures and pink power bait. Cooney is in stage 1 fire restrictions but you can use the campfire designated fire rings.
Deadmans Tony Stefani “Fishing this week seemed to be slow. Much fewer people out there. Fishermen are saying they are not catching much. They are saying heat is a factor. I know of a couple salmon being caught. No big success stories being told,” Tony said. Remember campers about our change to a pay site. There are 22 sites at Deadmans.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22 “ I have had no news on Deadmans or Martinsdale. I think between the hot temperatures and getting ready for summers end and school starting no one is going out. I did hear that they are catching cats east of Pompey Pillars at Mosebys on the Musselshell.”
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194 “It is pretty smoky here. Fishing was fair this week. On Spring Creek they are doing well on nymphs. Hoppers seem to be a slow taake. Use Copper Johns or pheasant tails. Achley fishing is okay from a boat at 10 to 15 feet. Fort Peck fishing is okay. the heat is affecting it some. You can do well at Duck Creek and Crooked Creek. Watch the wind it can change quickly. Go to a depth of 15 to 25 feet deep,” Dale said.
Achley is fishing pretty well. Go to 8 to 12 feet depths. On the Missouri channel cats are biting. Use cut bait or crawlers. It is a little mossy but if you find the holes or a back island you do pretty well,” Dale said.
Crooked Creek-Grant Crooked Creek marina is now open Friday, Sat and Sunday. Word has it that the fish are biting well at Crooked Creek. Walleye are still being caught. The store is open and they have night crawlers and other supplies. The campground is open. The number is 1-406-429-2999.
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281 Eddie said, “Catfish fishing on the Yellowstone was been good. We caught big cats. The best bait was cut suckers. The catfish caught were 6 to 12 pounds. I took my grandpa fishing at Martinsdale and we fished off shore using power bait. Go deep. We caught 3 pound rainbows. Crawlers were not working the powerbait was. We also headed to Castle Rock and caught a big northern pike. We also caught some big bluegill bigger than my hand. At Deadmans we caught a few salmon off shore using power bait.”
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 “Lots of numbers of perch are being caught. Size is 10 to 12. It is smoky here and hot. They are catching walleye in numbers but they are eater size. They are catching 14 to 16 walleye, not a lot of big ones, mostly eater size. They are catching plenty of trout,” Sharon said. The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611 Access is being limited at Nelson. At Nelson water is lower. Fishing is the same. Head to the North shore for boat access. Walleye bite is okay with a bottom bouncer at 10 to 30 feet depths.
Forchette has been good using bottom bouncer with worm harnesses. Forchette was good fishing using a bottom bouncer and a jig with a leech.”
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in any time
Billings-Scheels Josh says,” At Hell Creek fishing I hear people are catching fairly well. Heard they were catching a few bass and walleye. At the dam they are definitely catching salmon. Guys are coming in buying what they need and heading right back up there.
On the Boulder I went fly fishing using hoppers especially parachute Adams. The fish were biting.
Yellowtail at Oka Bay has been fair for walleye and sauger. The bass is really good fishing right now. They are not deep. For walleye use jigs and cranks. They water is clean.
On the Yellowstone I hear they are catching a few small bass.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540 “ Canyon Ferry fishing hasn’t changed. They are catching numbers in walleye. Lots of small ones. The walleye are deeper.
The rivers are open. No more Hoot owl. The water is coming up and that is because they are using less irrigation water. It is definitely mossy and weedy which makes it harder for fly fishing,” Rich says.
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 “On the Yellowstone fishing is good. It is clear. You can try the hoppers they are working well. Use tans, peach and purples to catch them. On the Stillwater nymphs are working sometimes. It seems to vary from day to day depending on the water temperature.
The lower Stillwater is floatable if you are careful. Use nymphs and streamers. The hoppers are starting to come to the water. There is a bit of a caddis hatch. Try using purple haze. The Upper Stillwater is good only for wading. It is too low to float, “said Bill. “
We now are in summer 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 still staying steady. Use tricos early in the day. They are going more for orange scuds. There is some action on caddis, hoppers and pseudos. The water is mossy so you have to get past the moss and weeds to get to the water. Fishing is a mixed bag. Use size 14 to 16. There is grass out there but it is fishable. The dry flies are working better in the morning. The water has been warm at 64 degrees.” Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.