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Eastern Montana Fishing Report For The Week Of 7/20/2015

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 “Only a few fishermen out this week. Someone did catch a 30 inch walleye going north toward Rock Creek Bay. Mostly little walleye being caught. Fishing is steady. The northern pike fishing has slowed. The water temperature is 74 degrees. Fishermen are using a worm harness. Try at depths of 20 to 25 feet. We had a fair amount of wind this week. That made it tougher fishing this week. You just really have to work for them right now,” Bill said. We are open 7 to 9 all week and 7 to 9 on the weekend.

Tongue River Reservoir /Bob Pederson “Fishing has been very slow. They are catching a few fish in the evening. The heat and weather are driving the fish down. The fish are just not overly active. The reservoir is full but is starting to creep down,” Bob reports.

Fishing Report1Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephannie /Warden Jordan Straley Gracyn says,” Walleye fishing can be slow right now. Walleye seem to be at 10 to 30 feet. They are using bottom bouncers with a worm. The cra[[ie bite is slow. They seem to be out and deep. The bass has been really good. Lots of those pretty much no particular place just find them anywhere.” 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 seem to be picking up at Hell Creek. Try heading toward Snow Creek and Sutherland. Guys are fishing with mostly bottom bouncers and leeches. Most fish caught seem to be small, 15 to 18 inches . The northern pike seem to be starting to pick up again. They have caught 10 to 20 feet down on a weed point or in the coves, “ Wayne says.

Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597 Gene, of Lake Ridge said,” I have heard and seen the evidence that they are catching some pretty nice salamon at the face of the dam. One fellow caught 7 yesterday using a squid and a flasher. They were 5 to 12 pounds. The walleye are biting. It is about average as far as bite. Some nice small mouth bass caught this week. Also some lake trout going 115 to 120 feet. Try evil eyes and flashers.”

Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson Bob says, ”The fishing has been fair this week. Fishing is constant. They are trying especially in the early morning. Late evening is also seeing fishermen.”

Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis Word has it walleye fishing has really slowed with the heat. Try bright neon lures and pink power bait.

Deadmans Tony Stefani Tony says,” The guys fishing are now picking up a few salmon. The water is still down 20 feet. I again want to remind campers about our change to a pay site. Deadmans is now a pay site.” There are 22 sites and soon will have 24 camp sites at Deadmans.

Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-2261 “I have heard that they have been catching some fish off shore at Martinsale. They were using a marshmallow and a worm. Boat fishing is not producing much. On Deadmans all I hear is some come back doing well and some don’t. One guy who used a rubber boat with a little motor got a couple nice ones and did pretty good.”

Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194 “Spring Creek is doing well. There is a lot of hopper action. It is working for both dry and nymph fishing. Try caddis and PMD. The Missouri from the PMD down lake canal cat fishing is good. Try a crawler or cut bait for results. Fort Peck lake west, Crooked Creek by Winnett, Forchette and Devils Creek are fishing well. Going west is very good. Bass is really good right now looking at rocky points. Try using cranks. Go 6 to 12 feet depths for walleye using any presentation. Achley fishing has slowed way up because of the heat,” Dale says.

Crooked Creek-Grant Crooked Creek marina is now open Friday, Sat and Sunday. The fish are biting well there. 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 (report from last week no contact this week)/ Eddie said,” The Yellowstone river is definitely clear right now. The Yellowstone is dropping slowly. Catfish fishing is best at night. Use cut bait, minnow and blood shrimp. Bass fishing is hit or miss. I went 2 days ago and caught a lot and then the very next day I got none. It really is a day by day thing.”
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 Fishing is good all over. The walleye that are being caught and are mostly keeper size 14 to 16 inches in size. People are getting their limits. Perch are biting and they are also getting some limits on them. A couple northern pike have also been caught. Trout fishing is good.”
The Camp-mak-a-dream Walleye Benefit will be held on August 2, 2015 at Canyon Ferry. The rules meeting is July 31st, 2015 7 pm with a BRBQ before. Call Carol for information at 406-633-2598 or to sign up. You can sign up at Canyon Ferry with Carol Wednesday afternoon to Friday for the event.
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.

West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611 Jim said, “ Fishing is okay right now. Nelson seems to have a good morning bite. It just is the best time to fish. Go deep. They are catching with bottom bouncers and a worm harness for walleye. Look for structure and fish deep. Forchette continues to be good fishing. The fish are going deeper because of the weather. They are catching all the way down to the narrows and to Timber Creek. Forchette is still the place to go.” Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in any time.

Billings-Scheels Josh says,” At Cooney in the last day or so I heard the walleye are slow. Trout fishing is better using a night crawler.
Fort Peck people are saying fishing is good. They have caught eater size walleye. Rock Creek People are saying they are catching walleye there. Tongue fishing has been slow. Lots of people saying they are not catching. Nelson Creek has been doing fairly well for walleye I am being told. Morning bite better. Just a note, we just got in the new Mustad Super Death Hooks in. This is a redesign with a a specialized curved hook that is supposed to really work incredibly well.”

Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540 “The Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin River are low and still in hoot hour restrictions. On Gallatin people are complaining about a lot of moss. Canyon Ferry fishing is good for walleye. Many small ones 10 to 12 inchers I heard were caught with a few big ones, ”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 Fishing is about decent. It is still clear. Seeing caddis. You only see a few hoppers. Try the chubby Chernobyl.
The Stillwater has better wadding in the upper part from Absarokee to Woodbine. It is better floating from Jeffery’s landing to Itch kep pe Park. You could do better floating from Johnston Bridge to Columbus. Use a standard dry dropper set. Use a dry fly for good results. Try a wooly bugger and dead drift it. “ 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 today (Tuesday) 3500. Fishing is good. Try a Yellow Sally Try some little tiny black caddis. Try gray rays. Try nymphs, orange scrubs size 14 to 16, gray rays, San Quan worms, tan sow bugs also 14 to 16. For streamers use black and blond.Weatherhas not been a problem.” Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.

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