The good news is that more reservoirs are starting to shed their ice as we experience warmer temperatures.
For those waiting to tackle Fort Peck, ice remains. However,anglers are now able to fish at Nelson Creek. Also, Rock Creek Marina reports that Rock Creek Bay should be open by the weekend.
River fishermen looking for trout are experiencing success on the Yellowstone through Livingston and on the Boulder, to name a couple of streams.
Catfish and ling fishing is also an option on the lower Yellowstone.
Here’s The Gazette’s weekly fishing report:
Ackley Lake: Anglers are using Panther Martin, Thomas Cyclone or two-way Colorado spinner blades with a little bit of worm and doing well. The bite isn’t what it was when the ice was on, but they are catching a few. — Don’s, Lewistown.
Bighorn Lake, Ok-A-Beh: Fishing is slow. The lake is clean and clear and there is plenty of water to launch boats. — Minnow Bucket, Huntley.
Bighorn River: The flow was 3,750 cfs Tuesday but will rise by 1,000 cfs this week. Trout are really starting to take red and orange San Juan Worms (8-12). Fish a pink firebead sowbug (14-16) as the lead fly. Run a trailer in a midge pupa (18-20) in colors root beer, red or black. Try a Lady Gaga (4) in yellow or brown. — Bighorn Fly and Tackle.
Boulder River: It has come up a little bit but is still clear and fishing well with stonefly nymphs and bitch creek nymphs. Beadhead prince nymphs, March brown nymphs and peeking caddis will work. There is some baetis activity. — Rainbow Run Fly Shop.
Boysen Reservoir, Wyo.: The boat mechanic shop is open. The marina opens May 1. All other services will be available then. There are some people boat fishing but we haven’t heard how they are doing. More people are starting to shore fish by the boat docks for trout. — Boysen Lake Marina.
Buffalo Bill Reservoir, Wyo.: Anglers are doing well on lake trout. Jig between 30-40 feet deep with cut bait. It is hard to get a boat on in some places as the lake elevation was dropped. — Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, Cody.
Deadmans Basin: Anglers were catching some trout over the weekend. — Super D, Ryegate.
Fort Peck Reservoir, Big Dry Arm: The ice is melting and should be off in Rock Creek Bay by the weekend. The road leading to the marina is passable. The marina officially opens April 30, but if a group wants to come out early, arrangements can be made. — Rock Creek Marina.
Fort Peck Reservoir, dam area: The ice is still on in the dam area and it is unsafe to fish. However, anglers are going down to Nelson Creek in the Big Dry Arm where the ice is off enough to fish a little bit. Anglers are fishing from the bank or using a small boat and doing fairly well on walleyes. — Lakeridge, Fort Peck.
Gallatin River: It is fishing well and is clear. Use San Juan worms. Woolly buggers are starting to work. — Montana Troutfitters, Bozeman.
Lake DeSmet, Wyo.: All the ice is gone and people are out boat and shore fishing. — The Lake Stop, Buffalo.
Madison River: The lower river is fishing OK but the flows are fluctuating pretty heavy and the clarity can change. — Montana Troutfitters, Bozeman.
Martinsdale Reservoir: It sounded like fishermen were having pretty good luck. — Cozy Corner Bar, Lavina.
Nelson Reservoir: The ice is still there, but starting to rot and unsafe to fish. At Fourchette Bay on Fort Peck, the ice is still there, too. — Westside Sports, Malta.
Rock Creek: It is fishing better as the weather improves. Nymphing with bread and butter nymphs like the red Copper John, prince nymph and smaller stonefly patterns will work. For those who like to fish dry flies, try BWOs and March browns. — East Rosebud Fly and Tackle.
Spring Creek: It is high and muddy. — Don’s, Lewistown.
Stillwater River: The river came up a little, but has leveled off and is fishing well. Mostly beadheads are working, like prince nymphs, Copper John, March brown nymphs, pheasant tails and RS2s. Some dries in the afternoon, like baetis and March browns. — Rainbow Run Fly Shop.
Tongue River Reservoir: A 3.5-pound walleye was caught Friday by jigging with minnows. On Sunday, 4- and 6-pound northerns were caught. A few smallmouth have been caught on crankbaits. — Tongue River Marina.
Yellowstone River, Livingston: It is fishing really well. Baetis and midges are out on a good day without a lot of wind and sunshine. It is a great place to throw streamers. — Montana Troutfitters, Bozeman.
Yellowstone River, Huntley: Ling fishing has been decent from Huntley to Waco. Catfish action has been good, too. Use minnows for both species. — Minnow Bucket, Huntley.