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Offline Fortpeck1

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #30 on: Feb 05, 2021, 12:27 PM »
Who ever is fishing Fort Peck the next 8 days, be careful, the temps below zero and highs below freezing.
Have fun and stay safe.
The ice should really grow with little to no snow on top.
Steve

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #31 on: Feb 06, 2021, 04:03 PM »
Looking pretty good.  Supposed to be 23 below tomorrow night and highs below zero for a couple days. Ditto on stay safe...no doubt pressure ridges will be forming as the main lake freezes.  The bay should be safe and fishing well. Good luck guys! 

We are planning to try Crooked in a couple weeks just because they have lots more ice and I have a hankering for some fresh crappie.

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #32 on: Feb 07, 2021, 01:02 PM »
Seems like the same crew as last year will be taking over Hell Creek!  Good times. I cant get ahold of Clint to see what the minnow situation is like this trip?  It's been a struggle the past few years....anyone know what he has for us?

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #33 on: Feb 07, 2021, 02:18 PM »
good supply of shiners and fatheads.
FP1

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #34 on: Feb 07, 2021, 07:47 PM »
This time next wk, tip ups will b fishing, possibly had a beer/drink or 2, ate a wonderful dinner and getting ready for a fun wk!

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #35 on: Feb 07, 2021, 08:19 PM »
And fish on the ice.
Will be a great week seeing old friends and making new ones.
I'm ready and it's only Sunday, come on next Sunday.

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #36 on: Feb 08, 2021, 01:57 PM »
This weather will really grow ice YEA.
Less than 2" of snow.
If the weather for cast  is correct, we should have good weather while we are there, great ice also.
The fishing should be good with nobody fishing it hard yet.
See every one there .
Steve   FP1

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #37 on: Feb 08, 2021, 04:48 PM »
This will be my first time hitting Peck this late in the season. Do the walleye tend to be more lethargic and tough to catch or do you usually do pretty good on them? 

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #38 on: Feb 08, 2021, 05:44 PM »
This is the time I fish hell creek, we do pretty good.
Look for places that you don't expect them, back of bays 4"-15".
Shallow bars with slow drop off.
There a a few in deep water, 15"-30".
Most of what we catch are shallow.
The am and pm bites are best.
I have noticed at time if we are catching lakers shallow [3"-5"], the walleyes are at about the same depth, give or take a few feet.
What part of peck are you going to and when?.
FP1

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #39 on: Feb 08, 2021, 06:28 PM »
Headed to Devil's Creek this Friday and staying till Monday. I wonder if the west end of the reservoir fishes about the same? Even if it's way different half the fun is just trying to figure those buggers out. Thanks for the tips, I'll give those depths and structure a whirl and see what we get into

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #40 on: Feb 09, 2021, 07:22 PM »
Devils Creek and Crooked fish about the same, Hell Creek differently IMO.  Firstly there are lots of crappie from Timber Creek west, few going east.  Walleyes are closer at Devils than Hell Creek most of the year as the main channel is closer and by now they have started making the trek westward for the spawn.  Pike are about the same everywhere.  Catfish are in any bay but tons of them up the Musselshell arm. 

Usually not too many pressure ridges around Devils, but there are some nasty methane pockets.  We are always VERY cognizant of any dark or weird looking spots on the ice.  Be careful driving into Devils especially the bit of road that drop right off.  No room to get past folks on the bends.

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #41 on: Feb 09, 2021, 09:43 PM »
Good luck at devils creek.
I never fished it but it looks like it has some good structure.
I will stick with Hell Creek, caught my best walleyes there.
Also have caught my biggest northerns there.
Small mouth are starting to make there presence known.
It's great fishing all over peck, to each his own.
Stay safe and have fun.

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #42 on: Feb 09, 2021, 09:48 PM »
hell creek
The ice is 8"-10" to Peterson, 7"-8" main lake west.
With this cold weather the ice is growing fast.
When we get there, I'm betting 10"+ on the main YA HO.
The weather will be good after sunday, bring on the fish and good time.
FP1

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #43 on: Feb 09, 2021, 10:40 PM »
Thanks FP1 and Wenger for the info and tips. Nothing like getting some feedback from a couple shanty legends. Best of luck FP1 and crew! Hope you guys do well on that end of the lake. Let us know how you do. Stay warm and tight lines!

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #44 on: Feb 10, 2021, 08:25 AM »
Saw a temperature this morning from a weather station near Crooked Creek and it was minus 37.

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #45 on: Feb 10, 2021, 11:03 AM »
-27* at hell creek this AM, Great ice building weather.
Hi today  -11*.

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #46 on: Feb 10, 2021, 11:43 AM »
Main lake here we come!

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #47 on: Feb 10, 2021, 09:11 PM »
FP 1
 Awesome! And a few more days just like that, right b4 we get there, then a little warmer. Perfect timing!

Beerdog
 Looking forward to seeing u guys again! Always fun to meet and visit w new people out on the ice.

Is tomorrow only Thursday? 3 more days of hanging out and waiting? No problem doing it this yr, rather fish in above 0 temps vs below!
 
See everyone Sunday,  safe travels!


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Re: hell creek
« Reply #48 on: Feb 11, 2021, 02:30 PM »
Hell Creek has Cabin #11 open Feb 14th-19th if anyone interested.
Come fish, the ice and weather will be good.

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #49 on: Feb 11, 2021, 07:46 PM »
The neighbors are decent people, and like to have fun!

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #50 on: Feb 12, 2021, 11:45 AM »
Hell Creek has Cabin #11 open Feb 14th-19th if anyone interested.
Come fish, the ice and weather will be good.

Interested

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #51 on: Feb 12, 2021, 11:58 AM »
Ribka,
Better hurry and call, rooms don't last long.
#  406-557-2345, if no answer leave a message, they will call back.
Steve   aka FP1

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #52 on: Feb 14, 2021, 10:29 AM »
Good luck and have fun up there this week!  Leave a few fish in the reservoir for us coming up later. Maybe train a few walleye how to properly hook up to a jig.

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #53 on: Feb 20, 2021, 08:53 PM »
Another trip in the book.
Fishing was good, 12#-17# northerns, 12"-21" walleyes, and a couple lakers 12#-16#.
Fishing was best PM and AM.
Had a great time with the crew, booked for next year already.
Ice is 16"-18" out 3/4 way and 12"-14" on the main, watch the pressure ridges, they are starting to open up.
Like to say thanks to Tim, Ryan, Pat, Josh, Jeff, great time again, great food ,drinks, looking forward to next year already.
Don't know how Beerdog finished, he is there another week.
The weather was great for fishing.
Take care and Tight lines.
Steve   FP1

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #54 on: Feb 21, 2021, 12:38 PM »
Glad mother nature made it work!  That said...35 below was no fun off the ice!

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #55 on: Feb 21, 2021, 09:04 PM »
And thank you Steve! So glad I inquired about ur opening 5 or 6 yrs ago. Been a blast meeting up with everyone ever since, doing some fishing and meeting more great people each year! Can't wait for next year.

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #56 on: Feb 28, 2021, 01:04 PM »
Gentlemen, Another great trip!  Booked good ol' room 12 for 13-24th for next year.  I decided against seeing how much tannerite it takes to get the side x side 20' into the air, and having coldsmoke wrench on it so its ready to roll next year.  It got sloppy as hell after everyone left. I moved my spread in the morning, and when I came back from lunch there was one lonely Beverdam with a flag up and the rest of my tipups, markers and insulators were blown all over the lake.  I managed to recover everything despite the 4-6" of water on the ice.  Luckily a hammerhandle saved the sixth tip-up from exploring the rest of the lake without me.  It truly looked like the whole lake was open.....whitecaps and all.  That crew Clint kept telling to stop jumping the pressure ridges had a side x side go through one night, and their two quads take a bath the very next night.  They tucked tail and cut their trip short.  I realize the kettle is calling the pot black here, but some folks really shouldn't be over indulging on the ice after dark.  GPS, Lightbar and slow speed folks!  Geez.  To anyone reading this-if you have ever considered going to hell creek, don't think about it and book a room for next year.  You have a whole year to sort out the details, get everything together, give plenty of advance notification to the wife, boss and kids.  It's a no brainer, and will be the best trip of your life (despite the picture painted above) .  An amazing group of guys, great fishing and good times- and you should remember most of it.     Till next year -Beerdog

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #57 on: Feb 28, 2021, 03:11 PM »
Can't fix drowned...

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #58 on: Mar 01, 2021, 08:46 PM »
Beerdog, glad u were able to retrieve all ur gear! Got a little western after we left!
Looking forward to seeing the s x s next year! Running in top conditionsl and decked out to hold ur gear! Have a good spring, summer, and fall. May the winter temps come early and put down some safe early ice for all!

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Re: hell creek
« Reply #59 on: Mar 09, 2021, 08:49 PM »
Already excited for next year! Booked room #13 2/13/22 - 2/21/22, see you all soon!

 



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