Boat fishing starts for the year at Hell Creek with ice-out on Fort Peck Reservoir, which usually occurs between the April 1 and April 15.
Miles City's C.B. Schantz|
shows a Fort Peck 10-pounder.
That's the time I like to fish for lake trout and also catch the occasional chinook salmon. The lake trout bite continues until
the water temperature warms to the mid-50s. That's usually about Memorial Day weekend.
The lake trout average from 10 to 12 pounds depending on the year with
several fish going into the teens. It's rare to get one 20 or more pounds, but a few are caught each year.
The walleye bite starts in about mid-to-late May and gets better as the water warms. The bite usually starts to the west of Hell Creek and slowly works its way down the lake.
Walleyes are feeding hard through June and July and good catches are recorded
during this time throughout the Hell Creek area. Depending on the year, there are usually several strong age classes. If you fish the reservoir regularly, there is a good chance to take a 10-pounder. Many fish that size are taken every year.
Northern pike grow big, strong
near Hell Creek.
Northern pike usually bite well all year, except most of the fish right now are in the older age classes. These fish are big, with 12 pounds being the small ones
and some fish that are 40 or more inches long and approximately 20 pounds. A fish this
size can put up a great fight.
Chinook salmon fishing usually starts in August and continues into October, with the
fish deep early and getting shallow as the reservoir cools. In August and
September, downriggers must be used while in October, long line trolling is
Ice-up can come anytime from December on, depending on the year. In some years, the whole lake doesn't freeze over until sometime in January.
If you have any questions about fishing or are interested in booking a trip, contact us at (406) 234-6342 or send me an e-mail at: Bernie@MidRivers.com.