30th Annual State Walleyes Unlimited Banquet Scheduled for May 10th

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The Upper Missouri River Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited is hosting the 30th Annual State Walleyes Unlimited Banquet at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Helena Saturday, May 10. Doors open at 5:00 pm with Walleye dinner to be served at 6:30 pm. Evening events include raffles, live and silent auctions, 2013 anglers […]

This Little “Honey Hole” has Big Surprise for Angler!

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This angler appears to snag a nice size trout out of a puddle! Anglers dream of “honey holes” like this; this hole happens to be nicknamed “the pit”, and for good reason. The water beneath the surface of vegetation the angler is standing on flows through, and could be anywhere from 50 plus feet deep. Check […]

Ask the Guy Next to You: Captain’s Column (4.24.14)

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Fishing conditions tend to change as rapidly as the spring weather we have in Montana. To prove my point, read this e-mail I received from Carolyn Persico from Rock Creek Fishermans Mercantile last Friday afternoon concerning the fishing on Rock Creek east of Missoula: “While I was busy giving a report on Catching the Big […]

EMS/NMS Hooked on Fishing not Drugs Heads to Baileys Pond (by Jenn & Pat Volkmar)

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On Monday April  21th   EMS/NMS Hooked on Fishing not Drugs went out fishing at  Baileys Pond .  We picked the best day of the break with the sun shining and good food, great parents and awesome middle school students attending.  The only  problem our stock of  fish were uncooperative.  The  club caught 5 Northern pike and […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 4.21.14

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

That Snake Really Shouldn’t Have Eaten That…

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There are times when you eat something, and you think, “I really shouldn’t have eaten that”…and, I imagine, that is probably what the snake pictured below was thinking after he ate a monstrous centipede on Golem Grad Island, Macedonia.  According to a recent post on iflscience.com, a group of researchers were out looking for snakes and came across […]

UPPER MADISON RIVER FISHING REPORT (4-22-14) by Michael Stack of FishTales Outfitting LLC

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Conditions: Flow Current Madison River flows: Hebgen Dam 1040 cfs Kirby 1,130 cfs Varney 1,300 cfs Visibility Very clear at 3+ feet.  But expect that to start to change as things warm up The Upper Madison remains closed from Quake Lake downstream to McAtee Fishing Access Site (FAS)  and again from Ennis FAS downstream to […]

Montana Trappers Association Is Putting the FUN in FUNdraising this Friday!

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If you will be in the Missoula area this Friday, be sure to pencil in the Montana Trappers Association Education Event into your schedule! Knowledge IS power, and education is so important for everything you do in life! Join the Montana Trappers Association for an upcoming FUNdraiser at Deano’s Casino on Friday, April 25th to benefit […]

Mystery Angler Catches & Releases MONSTER Brown Trout on Missouri River

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UPDATE:  The mystery angler contacted us!  His name is Cole Hoefle, of Billings, and he caught and released this monster in early April.  VERY nice, and thank you to Cole for letting us know! The Captain received this photo from Paul Moseley of Missoula. The story with the picture is not confirmed but sounded good enough to […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 4.22.14

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Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout are cruising shorelines throughout the reservoir and angler are doing well. Shoreline anglers are having success at traditional access points using worms, spawn sacks or various bead head nymph patterns.  Boat anglers are doing well on the north end of the reservoir while anchored and casting to shore or trolling attractors at […]

Five Mountain Lions Show Up in Driveway

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Just an FYI to anybody who has property or friends and family in the Newman Lake, Washington area, which is approximately 20 miles or so northeast of Spokane, there are mountain lions in the area! According to the spokesman.com, this trail cam photo was found on Ken Vanden Heuvel’s camera.  He was surprised to see not just […]

Upper Salmon River Weekend Steelhead Summary Report (4/20/14)

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This weekend on the upper Salmon River, the majority of anglers were once again found upstream of Basin Creek, in location code 19. Few anglers were found downstream in location codes 17 and 18. Interviewed anglers in location code 17 averaged 16 hours per steelhead caught and 32 hours per steelhead kept. In location code […]

2014 Canyon Ferry Reservoir Spring Spawning Survey Update #2

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Warm water temperatures have the annual spawing survey on Canyon Ferry Reservoir in full swing.  Over 450 walleye have been captured, tagged and released to date, already nearly 100 more than in 2013, and some large females have started to show up.  The largest walleye captured to date has been a 29.9-inch ripe female, but […]

Drawing Results Are Now Available!

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The anticipation is over. Drawing results for Montana’s deer and elk permits are now available. Use you ALS number to check your drawing status online. Other Important Dates for Hunters May 1: Deadline to apply for moose, bighorn sheep, bison and mountain goat licenses available through a drawing. June 2: Deadline to apply for antelope, deer […]

Moose Attacks Snowmobiler

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Here is yet another moose incident caught on camera.  This one happened in Maine.  The description on the video included the following information from the snowmobilers.  Watch the video, and let us know what you think… Ok, posting the original version again since people have started to comment that we’re trying to hide things on […]

How to take your Wife Fishing! (by Montana Grant)

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Not all women are created equal when it comes to “Outdoor Adventure”. Husbands know that taking their wives outdoors can be great fun but that can come at a huge cost. The extra planning, preparation, and presentation of this event is certainly worth the effort. First of all, be thankful that your partner is willing […]

Montana Senator Shoots Government Drone In Re-election Advertisement

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There are democrats, conservatives, liberals and those that do not lean in any direction and maybe share the views of all three sides.  This particular Senator, Matt Rosendale, shows his disdain for being spied on by the federal government by shooting down a drone. Based on this commercial, Montanans, does Matt Rosendale have your vote?

Followup on Jordan Tough Guy Walleye Tournament by Pat Slater

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“Well, it’s called the ‘Tough Guy’ for good reasons…..Ice, cold, rain, wind, finally some sun on Saturday,” said Pat Slater about the Jordan Tough Guy Walleye Tournament.  He and his partner did quite well in the tournament, reeling in a walleye that weighed in at over eight pounds. Here is what Pat had to say about […]