Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers Re-Opened


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!


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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 […]

Flathead Cherry Recipes


Flathead Cherry Festival is taking place this weekend in Polson, Montana, and in the spirit of all things cherry, we thought it appropriate to share some recipes for Flathead Cherries. All recipes came from Flathead Cherry Growers Association website, which can be found here. SWEET CHERRY COFFEE CAKE* “Recipe By K. Nice” Ingredients: (Serves 15) […]

Helena Cardboard Cup Regatta Today!


The Spring Meadow Lake Cardboard Cup Regatta is a family fun event sponsored by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Spring Meadow Resources. Building a boat requires some imagination, there are no size restrictions and the boat may be as big or small as the participants wish. However, the boat must be made of corrugated cardboard […]

Big Hole River Fishing Report – 7-18-14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)


FLOWS: Maiden Rock 887 cfs Melrose 943 cfs Glen 1,110 cfs VISIBILTY: Clear at 3+ feet The Big Hole River continues to drop every day after a slight bump in the middle of the month. 993 cfs near Melrose and although flows are dropping daily, the Big Hole River is fishing well. The best fishing […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (7.18.14)


Hunting:     Bob Ward’s 11th Annual Shooter’s Weekend is August 2nd in Missoula, and August 3rd in Butte. All proceeds benefit Operation Valor. Visit for event details. Archery Season begins September 6th. Its a little ways down the road but better to be prepared than wait until the last minute. Federal Duck Stamps are $15 […]