Forest fire season is in full swing around Western Montana this week. The smell of smoke has filled the valleys, and I am wondering how long until air quality will be compromised. Until then, get out and enjoy Montana outdoors! Here is a bit of what has been going on around Montana this week:
Arnold Schwarzeneger visits fire crews on West Mullan fire this week. Read more about his visit to Montana here.
Fishablities Founder Andy Hill was involved in a freak tubing accident where a bridge jumper landed on him while he was floating. Fishabilities (www.fishabilities.org),is an organization he created to give individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to go fishing. Read more about the freak accident here.
The rivers aren’t the only place freak accidents have occurred this week; two motorcycle riders were injured when the bike they were riding on hit a bear just outside of Big Sky. Read the full story here.
And a Glacier Park employee fell to his death from Grinnell peak. More details of the tragic story can be found here.
July 27th Summaries
If you missed our radio show Saturday morning, here is a summary of where the fish are biting:
Bill Brown at Bob Wards says the main stream of the Bitterroot River is closed from 2pm to midnight, so get out in the morning. The Clark Fork above and below Missoula are closed from 2pm to midnight all the way down to the Flathead River.
Chancy at Snappy’s says Echo Lake is doing well on bass large and smallmouth
Dallas at Highline Cleaners in Chester says the fishing this last week’s been slow, but with the walleye derby this weekend is shaping up well. Dale from Don’s in Lewistown says Spring Creek’s been a little off with the thunderstorms that’s been coming through. The Nymph fishing has been doing well though.
John Harris from Lakeside Resort in Trout Creek says the Tri-state Bass Federation Tournament is shaping up nicely this weekend.
Matt from Mo Fisch says fishing Flathead Lake is the place to be and is HOT right now.
Ryan from Bob Wards says in Bozeman the Upper Madison is going to be the place to go with the season restrictions in place in the afternoons. Using a strong Nymphs dropper has seen success. In Helena terrestrials are recommended for dry fly fishing, and all is well on the Mighty Mo.
Tammy from Northwest Sports in Eureka says Lake Kookanusa the kokannee are biting really well and running large this year.
Congratulations to this weeks trivia winners Donald Stiers of Billings, and Tom Zimmerman of Stevensville. Keep listening for your chance to win just like Michael Zielivski, he was our Montana Club gift card winner.