Compiled by Carol Henckel
With spring weather 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 last 5 days have been awesome fishing. It has been really good fishing. The walleye fishing has really picked up and is really good. Fishermen are using cranks with worms and they also are using a chartreuse or orange smiley face lure. They are going 8 to 20 feet down. Most guys are going north of Rock Creek towards the main lake and Box Elder Creek towards Sandi Arroyo Bay. The water temperature is 68 degrees. The northern pike fishing has been good as well,” Bill said. We are open 7 to 9 all week and 7to 9 on the weekend.
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob Pederson “The water is still muddy towards the South end going down to the lake. The crappie fishing is starting to slow down some. They are catching a few walleye towards the north end. We had some rough weather this week. We had one day with wind at 72 mph. It sunk 2 boats anchored at the docks and tore one boat and part of the dock out into the water. We just finished repairing the dock and are cleaning up the wind damage. The fishing is better in the early morning and late evening. You just have to get close to shore and in the vegetation to find the fish ,” Bob reports.
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephannie /Warden Jordan Straley Grayson says,” The crappie bite is slowing some. They seem to like minnows more right now. We are seeing a lot of walleye and small mouth being caught. The water temperature is now warmer at 75 degrees. You can find the fish from 5 to 15 feet. Use live bait and top water lures. The water is high and still over the spillway, We have seen a 5 pound walleye, a 33 inch northern pike and a 4 pound small mouth this week.”
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 “The walleye and northern pike fishing has been really good again this week. The walleye are biting. The fishermen are finding using minnows, leaches and even night crawlers are all working. People are heading toward Snow Creek and Sutherland. The fish are in 6 to 20 feet deep water,“ Cody says.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597 Gene, of Lake Ridge said,” Its hot fishing right now. Walleye fishing is picking up. They are definitely biting better. The northern pike and bass are being found as well. The lake trout are being found at 110 feet down. I predict we should have a good bite for the Govenors Cup. It is just getting started so we should see big weights at the cup. Last I heard there were 75 teams. The guys are heading toward the Pines but it is hard to say that will stay that way it seems to change day by day these days.”
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson Lots of people fishing. You are seeing fish being caught on a regular basis. Right now Lake Elmo level is up. The water is definitely warming.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis “Fishing has been real slow. They are catching some walleye. Bright neon lures and pink power bait are working. The area south of Cottonwood and fisherman Point seem to be the most active area where the fishermen are. Marshall Cove camp sites are still under water. The boat launch is open to use. Everything else is open. Water has gone down a little,” Alicia said.
Deadmans Tony Stefani Tony says,” Fishing was sporadic this week. For some reason early morning fishing is not as good as midmorning is. Evening fishing is good. Evening fishing is finding more rainbows. The water is mostly clear right now. They are catching rainbow trout using powerbait and worms.”
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22 I heard at Martinsdale people were catching nice size eater rainbows from shore using powerbait, worms and marshmallows. At Deadmans I was told guys are catching a few fish. One guy said you need to get out there really early like 4:30 am until like 6 am or late in the evening. Heard of only a few Kokanee being caught. Fly fishermen seem to be having better luck. On the Musselshell they are doing good for browns between Two Dot and Checkerboad. One guy caught a 5 pounder.
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-819 “At Nelson you may find you need to do some deep trolling for your fish. They are catching nice eaters. On the Missouri the cat fishing is good. They are catching. Find them as far as the PN to Fred Robinson bridge. They are using night crawlers and cut bait. Forchette and Crooked Creek are turning on and fishing is fair. You can put boats in. Guys are getting walleye, pike and black crappie. The water has warmed up. Achley is not good right now. Spring Creek is muddy,” Dale says.
Crooked Creek-Grant Crooked Creek marina is now open Friday, Sat and Sunday. It opened Memorial Day weekend. The store is open and they have night crawlers and other supplies. The campground is open. The number is 1-406-429-2999. The water level is great for launching.
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281 Eddie said,” The Yellowstone river is down some. It is starting to clear. Catfish fishing is good. They are running 2 to 6 pounds in size. Use cut bait and blood shrimp. I have had some reports of some bass and sauger being caught now. The Tongue is fishing okay. The water is still stained. A road runner jig with a minnow is working. I also heard on Martinsdale they are catching some nice trout from shore.” 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 Sharon says,” Lots of 14 to 16 inch walleye and some big ones. They are heading to the south end toward White Earth. Trout fishing is excellent. Walleye fishing is decent. Trout are mostly 2 to 4 pounds.” The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611 Jim said, “Forchette is smoking hot fishing right now. They are catching 18 to 22 inchers. The northern pike are biting lines off all over. Those teeth are really sharp right now. Walleye fishing on Nelson Reservoir seems to be scattered. They are still catching but it seems to to not be consistent. If you get there real early like 4:30 am and fish until about 8:30 am you will have success. This weekend is the Walleyes Unlimited Camp Walleye at Nelson and there will be lots of boats as we have 38 kids in it this year.” Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in any time.
Billings-Scheels Josh says,” I am hearing Hell Creek is pretty darn good. The walleye are biting. For the walleye they switched to bottom bouncers they say using a crawler or minnow. On Tongue the water is still pretty dirty. One guy shared that the crappy are biting. One fellow caught quite a few walleye and a few bass as well this week. He was using flicker shads and was trolling. On Conney some guys are catching a few small walleye. They say it is nothing fantastic. On the Yellowstone guys are catching cats. They tell me the water is dropping but not a lot. It has cleared up some. On Yellowtail someone told me there is an awful lot of drift wood in the water. They were catching some bass using a slow moving bait. On Hebgan they are trolling and getting rainbow trout in eater sizes.
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540 The rivers are dropping a little but continue to be high. The Madison is clearer. They are still muddy. Canyon Ferry fishing was real good this week. 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 Bill says,” The Stillwater is dropping and clearer. It is coming around.
Some spots are still pretty rough. The upper is definitely better. Use a top attractor with a dropper. Try using a Jack Cabe and a prince nymph. If you use a streamer make sure it is weighted. A chubby hopper may work as well. The Yellowstone is still dirty although it has cleared some and is still high. You can try fishing the edges in a few places. It is tougher fishing. “ 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 Josh says,” The cfs is still 13900. The water is down just a little. They are saying it may go down so again soon. But fishing has been good all day. Nymphing is very good. Streamers are not as good. San Quan worm, squids and the Lake Charles are working for success. Walking access on the river is not available in lots of places. Right now there is no boat rentals.” Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.