HUGE Amount of Mayflies Emerge from Mississippi River

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Wisconsin is not the place to be if you have a phobia of mayflies.  A recent post on the Chicago’s Fox 32 website revealed a “massive amount of mayflies” emerging from the Mississippi River, taking over several towns in Wisconsin.  The article stated that that the National Weather Service images showed “Weather radar detected the flies – similar to that […]

Vandalism at Widow Coulee Fishing Access Site

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Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking help in finding those responsible for vandalism recently at Widow Coulee Fishing Access Site on the Missouri River, 3 miles downstream of the mouth of Belt Creek, in Chouteau County. Sometime between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., July 18-19, a large party took place there. The FAS is open […]

Are the Whitefish Going to Bite? – Captain’s Column (7.24.14)

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There is one question on many anglers minds in Western Montana. Are the whitefish on Flathead Lake going to bite this summer? If the popular fish are going to bite this is the time of the year, that normally would happen. The “Bite” has not happened for several years so anglers that have experienced the […]

Missoula Area Ducks Unlimited Banquet Date and Location Set

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The Missoula Area Ducks Unlimited Chapter is holding their 2014 Annual Banquet Saturday, August 16th, at the DoubleTree Hotel.  Funds will go to support the conservation of America’s Wetlands and Waterfowl Population.  Event begins at 5pm and will feature raffles, auctions, dinner, and much more.  Tickets are $50/single and $95/couple and include a DU membership. […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 7.21.14

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Report compiled by Carol Henckel Please be advised weather is changing constantly and some days wind can be a factor. High water conditions are dangerous as Spring weather is unpredictable and the run off is treacherous.   Enjoy yourself but remember alcohol alters your judgment so use it sparingly while enjoying the outdoors. Keep an […]

Sign Up TODAY for the Upcoming Camp Mak-A-Dream Walleye Benefit!

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The Camp Mak-A-Dream Walleye Benefit will be held at Canyon ferry August 2, 2014  This event donates all proceeds to the camp.  This event encourages family and friends to fish for the biggest walleye in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s  other focus is to encourage families   to experience the fun of the outdoors.  Cost is $60 per boat […]

Volunteers Needed for Blackfoot River Cleanup July 26

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Volunteers are needed to help with the eleventh annual Blackfoot River Cleanup on Saturday, July 26.   Bring your own boat, or shuttles and rafts will also be available for cleanup participants. Volunteers can also help by walking and wading to pick up litter from the river bank and access sites. Interested participants should meet at Johnsrud Fishing […]

Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers Re-Opened

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The Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers near Missoula are now reopen after Missoula County health officials determined that the chemicals that spilled from a semi truck wreck into the Blackfoot river east of Bonner this morning are highly diluted and not hazardous. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks closed a 23-mile stretch of the Clark Fork […]

Ol’ West Fest Coming Back to Fort Missoula Soon!

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Western Living History is a non-profit organization that exists “for the purpose of educating and exposing individuals to the rich history of the 1800′s through historical reenactments, lectures, etc. A volunteer run organization, it coordinates with other like-minded groups across Montana.”  Their primary event is The Ol’ Wild West Fest, which is a family-friendly event held every August.  […]

Portions of Blackfoot and Clark Fork Closed Due to Chemical Spill

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State officials closed the Blackfoot River from Johnsrud Fishing Access Site to Kona Bridge on the Clark Fork River while crews work to contain and monitor the industrial soap making chemicals that spilled into the river this morning when a semi wrecked just east of Bonner. FWP Regional Fisheries Manager, Pat Saffel, says that at […]

Three Year-Old Angler Reels in Her First Largemouth Bass

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Three year-old Adelyn Tiffin was out fishing with her family at Trout Creek over the weekend and caught her very first largemouth bass, with the help of Grandpa, Alan Stohle, and Mom, Megan Tiffin.  She even reeled it in until it got to the dock, but it was a big ol 3 1/8-pounder, so that was as far […]

Montana Anglers Win 2014 North Dakota Governor’s Walleye Cup

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Montana anglers are representing in the 2014 North Dakota Governor’s Walleye Cup, which was held on Lake Sakakawea.  According to the Bismarck Tribune, out of the 252 teams that competed in the event, Glasgow resident Ken Schmidt and Billings resident Mark Jones took the tournament title with a total walleye weight of 32.51 pounds over two […]

Ticks Suck! (by Montana Grant)

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Ticks really bug me! They fall into the group of nuisance critters like mosquitos, leeches, and other blood sucking parasites. Yeech! Folks that spend a lot of time in the outdoors must become familiar with the problems and diseases caused by these nasty freeloaders. Rabies, Lyme’s disease, Babesiosis, Q-fever, Giardia, encephalitis, brucellosis, tularemia, relapsing fever, […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 7.21.14

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Canyon Ferry:  A few rainbow trout continue to be caught near the Dam, around Cemetery Island and mid reservoir trolling attractors, tipped with worms, or using worms from shore.  The walleye bite has been very good with consistent weather patterns and warmer water temperatures. Fish the south end of the reservoir by trolling worm harnesses, cranks or […]

Wolf Trapping Certification Class Scheduled for Bozeman in August

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a Wolf Trapping Certification class at its regional headquarters in Bozeman on Saturday, August 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Certification is required for all would-be wolf trappers in the state of Montana. Individuals that have been certified in years past do not need to take the class […]

Rent a Fire Lookout for Fall

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Following the devastating fires of 1910, early fire detection became a priority within the Forest Service. To help aid detection, lookout towers began to be built on national forests throughout the country. These building efforts were further aided during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, who worked on numerous lookout building projects across the […]