This time of the year sportsmen and women have a lot of activities to choose from when they are deciding how to enjoy Montana outdoors. But spending their time and money attending a fund-raising banquet for a cause they believe in is another good option.
One of those fund-raisers will happen in Missoula in February. I mention it because the cause is a really good one – money raised goes to helping physically-challenged kids have an experience of a lifetime in the Montana outdoors.
Some of the money also is earmarked to send a second team of people from this area to facilitate the building of the Blue Water Christian Youth Camp in Alaska. This facility, once completed, will be available for youths all across Montana and the USA.
The High Point Chapter of Christian Sportsmen’s Fellowship, based out of Lolo, puts on the banquet. The banquet is being held at the Missoula Holiday Inn Parkside on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. To find out more or buy a ticket for the banquet call (406) 273-0775.
Ice action: A couple of ice-fishing tournaments are scheduled to take place on the next two weekends at Canyon Ferry Lake – ice conditions permitting.
First up is the Broadwater Lions Perch Derby this Saturday and Sunday. Entry fees are $5 for adults and $2 for children under 14. Prizes will be awarded for the largest perch and ling on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be a four-person team competition.
The Pre Super Bowl Ice Fishing Tournament is on Saturday, Jan. 26, on Canyon Ferry. This event is normally scheduled the day before the Super Bowl, but this year, the football game was rescheduled to a week later because of the Sept. 11 tragedy.
This tournament, which is sponsored by Town Pump and some of their vendors, boasts some of the largest purses in the Northwest for ice-fishing contests. First place for the largest three walleyes will fetch $1,500, with $1,000 for second place and $250 for third. The perch division has the same breakout of prize money, but is based on a 10-perch/person maximum.
If an angler is lucky enough to catch a new state record walleye, which would have to weigh more than 16 pounds, 10 ounces, he or she will receive $10,000. Entry fees for this tourney are $25, with kids 15 and under fishing for free. You can get your tickets at selected Town Pumps or at the Silos RV Campground on Canyon Ferry Lake. They must be purchased before 9 a.m. on the day of the tourney. Call Lisa at 406-266-3100 for more information on both of the tournaments.