MORS Weekly Wrap Up
By OutdoorAly

Posted: December 15, 2013

The frosty weather has finally given up, but provided us with some great snowpack early in the winter season. Check out some of the best stories from MORS last week  in case you missed out:

Real or Fake? Skunk Reportedly Freezes to Death Standing Up….full story here

Youth Hunters Shoot at Least 9 Elk within 5 Minutes in Sula…Citations Given…Full story here

Cast a Fire Ant Colony- DIY…Full story here

Curiosity Killed the Cat…and Quilled the human…full story here

Here are the hunting and fishing summaries from around the state:

Northwest and Northcentral M T Fishing Report

Chancy from Snappy’s
Chancy at Snappy’s says with the cold weather Lake Mary Ronan has 8 inches of hard ice, doing well on some nice big perch in 20-25 ft of water, and when you go shallower you pick up some nice rainbows. Lake Five a lot of kokannee coming out of there with guys limiting out.  Hubbard Reservoir getting some good reports with 10 inches of ice picking up some smaller rainbows and kokannee.  Upper and Lower Thompson, there’s been some good reports on perch especially from Upper with a few pike on Lower Thompson. There’s not been any reports on Middle Thompson, and Chancy doesn’t even know if there’s ice on there so be careful on that one.  Loon Lake in the Thompson’s is froze been getting nice reports on big pike coming out of there like the 15 pounder that came out last week.  McWinneger Slough just East of Snappy’s, good luck on the perch there a little bit smaller but you can weed through them for the bigger ones.  There also picking up some sunfish and bass, and then in the evening just before dark the croppy fishing is doing well.  There’s been some good reports on some pike and smaller perch coming out of Church Slough.  Echo Lake has had reports of 6 inches of ice, starting to get a few kokannee & whitefish and some smaller perch.

Leonard from Roberts Bait and Tackle  Holter from Prairie Dog Town down to the Dam has been opened up with the warmer weather.  There still fishing by log gulch.  Francis has over 12inches, Baileys has 10 inches plus, Fresno 10 inches plus, no reports on Tiber up in the Willow Creek Arm there’s 10 inches in that area but no reports in the main lake.  Bynum has 12 inches, Piscan has 10 inches, Nylan and Willow Creek all have over 6 inches or better, Ackley has 8 inches, and Arod has 12 inches. Nelson has a foot also.  If you have any questions or need rod & reel repair call Leonard 406-454-1877.

Shelby from Rocky Mountain Supply in Dillon The Ice on Clark Canyon is over 10 inches, but there’s not been a lot of reports of success.  Most are fishing on the South end because it’s easier to access because the lake is dry.  The South end of the island has been doing the best.  Folks been trying anything, but there really hasn’t been any success stories just yet.  The Dog Days of Winter 2nd Annual Coyote Derby comes up January 10, -12th.  If you’re in the Dillon area, stop into Rocky Mountain Supply for more information or call 406-683-2308.

December 14tht Summaries  Chancy at Snappy’s says with the cold weather Lake Mary Ronan has 8 inches of hard ice, doing well on some nice big perch in 20-25 ft of water

Dale from Don’s in Lewistown says they have great ice on Nelson almost everywhere.  John Harris from Lakeside Resort in Trout Creek says Noxon Rapids Reservoir has about 9 inches of ice in the bays and they’re catching some good pike and perch down around the boat lauch.

Leonard from Robert’s Bait and Tackle says Holter from Prairie Dog Town down to the Dam has been opened up with the warmer weather.

Mary Beth Kibler from Kibler Outfitting says the predator hunt is going well in Garfield County, and for the ice fisherman there’s about 3-4 inches at Hellcreek Marina. For more information or for Holiday Gift Certificates call Kibler Outfitting 406-557-2503.

Ron Aashiem reviews some of the 2014 FWP new tentative adaptations for hunting next season.

Shelby says there’s ice fishing going on in the area. The Ice on Clark Canyon is over 10 inches, but there’s not been a lot of reports of success

Ryan of Bob Wards in Bozeman & Butte reminds us to review hunting regulations for area hunting, and says in the colder weather the fish are more lethargic so go deeper to get more action. In Helena the reservoir is starting to freeze, and on the Mighty Mo it’s been good with dry flies.

Shelby says there’s ice fishing going on in the area. The Ice on Clark Canyon is over 10 inches, but there’s not been a lot of reports of success

Steve Stauder prepares us for the Hebgin Lake Ice Fishing Tournament in January.

Tammy from Northwest Sports in Eureka says almost all of the lakes have about 4 inches of ice, and the lakes are giving up some nice rainbows, but the some parts the ice is questionable.

Congratulations to this weeks winners:  Terry Wolf  of Wolf Point, and Jared Wright of Kalispell, who were our Montana Outdoor Radio Show trivia winners this week! Keep listening for your chance to win, just like Mary McMoran of Hardin who won a Montana Wreath, and Dorthy Robinson of Dillon who won a Montana Club gift card! We had a few other winners like Gary Wright, and Danny Siemers…you just never know what you could win by listening to the show.