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 Linda said,”We have had 3 days of wind. It was enough to rock my house, probably 20 to 30 mph. There are no fishermen who want to brave that weather. The only guy I talked who was out here said the water is really cold and he did not get a thing. These are the dog days of waiting for the ice.” “The Marina is closed now. The cabins and campground will be open for a while. We will have some fuel and ice if I am here, “Bill said.
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob Fishing success seems to be limited. Crappies are what fishermen are catching. They are harder to catch because of the water temperature and the cold air. The campground at Campers Point 1 to 8 is still open and has electricity and will have it until April 15th for fishermen. ”
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephanie /Warden Jordan Straley Have not heard anything about fishing. “We are closed. We are thinking we will be open for ice fishing later on. When the ice comes on we plan on being open Saturdays. We do plan to have minnows then.” Wade said.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Craig Putchat-Park Office Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir “The northern pike are doing pretty good. It is decent if you head toward Crooked Creek. You can get into small mouth bass as well. You can find them at the rocky points. The bass fishing is slowing down. Walleye fishing is pretty slow. They are hard to get right now. We had a bit of wind but the weather has been alright really,” Cody said.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597 Gene says, “You can still catch lake trout. The bite is okay. The lake trout are going shallow 15 to 30 feet right now. They are using the evil eye and deep diving cranks. You can catch salmon every once in a while. Walleye are just not biting. Very few being caught. The water is 50 degrees which is pretty cold.”
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson Bob said,” Not seeing much fishing going on right now. It has been windy so if they fish it is not for long.”
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis “Shore fishing has been best. They are catching rainbow trout. Not many walleye being caught. All the docks are out. Using the ramp fishermen are still able to get some boats in,” Jennifer said.
Deadmans Tony Stefani “Only one fisherman out this week. They are coming to hunt but are not fishing. I always brought my pole when I hunted as I found it the best time to fish. The wind has been 35 to 40 mph. The waves have been very choppy. If you can’t stand up than trying to fish is hard,” Tony says. Campers remember it is now a pay site.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-2261 “I heard that Martinsdale is again good from shore. It is good for worms but it is hard to get them. They are using a fish egg bait. I heard that they caught 2 pound rainbows,”
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194 Dale said, “We are now in midseason so not many going out. Fort Peck has been fishing pretty well. Try a rip jig at 30 to 35 feet deep off structure. The PM is okay. They are catching some fish. Jig for them using gulp. They are getting walleye and sauger.”
Crooked Creek-Grant Crooked Creek Marina Call for information on it being open. The pier has been pulled. Fishing is still possible and has been okay. The number is 1-406-429-2999.
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281 Eddie reports, “Some walleye are being caught on the river at Huntley. I caught ling at Sutherland lake. Use cut bait. Walleye and sauger are being caught from Hysham east mostly on a jig and a minnow. I would call walleye fishing good right now.” We are now in winter hours. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday by appointment only. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday we are open 11 to 5. On Saturday we are open 7 noon.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon “You can catch trout but the weather has been keeping people off. We have had wind, rain and lousy weather. They are still catching some walleye when they get out there,” Sharon said. The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611 “I hear the fishing on Nelson fishing is a hard bite. They are shallow and the guy I talked to said they are moving around a lot. It is hit and miss because of that. Jig shallow with a minnow. At Forchette if you can get in you can get some nice fish. You cannot count on finding them in the same place this week. Try a jig rap at 36 feet deep. I had to search from 17 to 36 feet. Some wind for using a boat, “Don says. Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in any time.
Billings-Scheels Dan , McCahen McCahen says,” On Fort Peck the bass are still biting. Fishermen are using cranks. Only a few walleye caught. I heard from a few fishermen at Deadmans they are not catching anything. On the Yellowstone river by Hysham there is big news. I hear they are catching sauger, walleye, bass and catfish. They are using minnows, shiners, sucker minnows. Tongue I hear is a tough bite. Some people are finding and marking crappies.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540 “No news on Canyon Ferry this week. It is cold fishing and real windy. Some really small ponds are starting to freeze. The rivers are up and much of the moss is gone, “Rich said. The shop is now closed to walk ins until November 30th. Call for help by appointment.
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977 Waters have cleared. Fishing is just okay. The cold temperatures make fishing slower. The water level is the same. Streamers are working on the Yellowstone. Try nymphs fishing. Try a girdle bug or hairs ear. “ We now are in winter hours in the shop and are open Tuesday to Sat 9 to 2pm. We are closed Sunday and Monday.
Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375 Curt says, ”Fishing is really good. It is good streamer fishing right now on the cloudy days. Try the San Quan worm, scuds or sow bugs Nymph fishing has been consistent if the wind doesn’t blow. Use dry flies for the baetes hatch in early afternoon. It needs to be a calm day and overcast for success. The water is tainted green. There are less weeds. The water is going down. It is 54 to 55 degrees.” Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.