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- 7:00am- We left the Captains House with the boat hitched on and coffees in hand
- 7:20am – Quick Starbucks stop for another energy boost (Starbucks Coffee has the highest amount of caffeine out of any coffee)
- 7:45am – Justin the Tile Guy got a major Caffeine buzz from the Coffee and was singing country music (he doesn’t drink coffee very often)
- 8:00am - We finally hit the highway en route to Thompson Falls where we would meet Scott Anderson for a day on Noxon
- 10:00am – We put the boat in the water and start fishing
- Bottom Bouncers
- Smile Blades with Floaters, Beads and Worm Harness
- Alabama Jumper Worms
- We trolled in 15-20 ft of water going about 1mph
- We caught 1 Trout (Justin The Tile Guy) and 3 Squaw Fish (Hookem Harry)
Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
Avoid hunting alone and avoid hunting in dense cover
Learn to recognize signs of bear activity.
After taking a deer or elk, immediately separate the carcass from the gut pile.
If you must leave the carcass, hang it out of reach of a bear.
When returning to a carcass, observe the area from a distance for bear activity, including a moved or partially buried carcass.
If a bear has claimed the carcass leave it alone and contact FWP immediately.
Walleye Wayne, the original on-air, fishing, hunting, pretty much everything – sidekick of the Captain put his signature on one of the Famous Guaranteed Fishing Lures sold at many trade shows over the last 10-15 years. To make this lure even more “valuable” the Captain has had great luck with it (autograph and all) catching fish (Northerns and Walleye).
When I was packing up my gear for my trip to Noxon he handed me the lure and said “don’t loose it”. Luckily, the lure is still in my tackle box and ready for the next fishing trip.
I knew I wanted to get out on the water while I was back in Montana for vacation, but wasn’t exactly sure where I wanted to go. I heard mumbles of people mentioning the Walleye and Northerns were starting to bite on Noxon, so naturally I took the only leads I could find.
Justin the Tile Guy, Scott Anderson and I took a trip to Noxon yesterday which happened to be the first time any of us fished the reservoir in about 10 years (I had never fished Noxon)
6:30am – Justin the Tile Guy walks in the house and i’m sound asleep because my phone died in the middle of the night. (note to self always keep phone on a charger during the night)
We all agreed we would go after Walleye first as we all hadn’t fished Noxon for Walleyes before and we all love catching them.
Alabama Jumpers have a tougher skin allowing them to stay on the hook better than many other types of worms. The name itself, Alabama Jumpers should give it away to the type of action they perform when dipped into your local fishing hole.
The boat ramp we used is approx. 1/3 of a mile from Rivers Bend Golf Course in Thompson Falls. We decided to go Left off the boat ramp and head down river to troll the right side of the river.
Halfway through the day the rain started to pour and we decided we would head back upstream and try our luck. Right before we took off Justin called a buddy of his that mentioned the Walleye had been bitting up by “The Golf Course”. So we pulled up our lines and headed upstream at a whopping 15 mph (if that) and quickly realized how far we had actually gone during our trolling adventure.
25 minutes and a wet frozen face later we arrived at the boat ramp to talk to a few guys that had been fishing by the Golf Course – they had caught a few Walleyes and were pretty happy about the odds of catching a few more.
We fished it hard for about 20 hours and didn’t catch another fish.
What We Learned
We noticed the guys we talked to at the boat ramp were getting off the water at about 1:30pm which tells us the bite is in the morning. Your best bet is to fish for Walleye in front of the Golf Course in 20-25ft of water between 8a and Noon.
Outside of Fishing
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Our friends at Taste of Country found this photo of Luke Bryan hanging out in a tree stand, and we decided we had to share.
He took this photo of himself and a hunting buddy somewhere in Iowa and then posted it to Twitter. Luke said “In stand with @Hjobes thanks to @TheCrushTV” on his twitter post.
Its great to see country music singers who talk about Hunting and Fishing actually get out in the field…
It turns out Luke also likes to partake in some fishing is his time off.
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For those of you who are not familiar with Luke Bryan, here is one of his big Hits “Country Man”
Here is a nice Montana Coyote taken by Emmet Apel from Glasgow.
This video was shot a few years ago in Eastern Montana during an Antelope Hunting trip with Marvin & Connie Loomis of Fort Peck Trophy Fishing.
As the temperatures drop across Montana, Waterfowl Hunting becomes top of mind for many hunters. For those hunters who have a well trained hunting dog, they understand all the benefits included. For those of you who have a young dog that you want to get into hunting you might want to check out this video.
This hunting dog training video won’t train your dog for you , but it should give you a good idea of what steps you need to take and in what order.
Grizzly bears, this time of year are typically preparing for winter hibernation. Bird and bow hunters should be alert and prepared for encounters while out in the field.
“Each year we urge hunters to avoid riparian areas with dense cover because that’s where grizzly and black bears seek berries and other food,” said Ron Aasheim, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman. “Just like many hunters, bears like the cover. Hunters need to expect to see and possibly encounter bears, so be smart, be alert and hunt the edges. Don’t get into the dense cover.”
Aasheim recommends that hunters, especially archers and many upland bird hunters, carry bear spray.
“Statistically, bear spray is the most effective tool for personal protection in bear country,” Aasheim said.
Tips to help you be prepared if you encounter a Grizzly Bear while hunting:
A Montana Elk Hunter was Attacked by a Grizzly Bear while hunting in the Beaverhead Deerlodge area.
A Montana elk hunter was attacked by a grizzly bear while cow calling in the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest last week.
The day it happened was Friday, September 14th, when a man and his wife who were hunting off INdian Creek Trail in the Madison Range, and the man began to hit his cow call.
The couple heard a rustling in the brush about 15 yards away from them, and immediately thought it was an approaching bull elk. The rustling ended up being a female grizzly bear staring at him, according to MFWP.
The grizzly bear jumped on the man and bit him in the arm and head before then backing off and running away. The man survived the mauling.
FWP Authorities say the grizzly was drawn to the hunter because they were both hungry, and both hunting elk. She had two young cubs with her at the time of the conflict, who she was trying to feed.
“These archery hunters were experienced and bear aware individuals. However, archery hunting carries with it the inherent risk of bear encounters – especially when imitating the sounds of prey. And while both hunters were carrying bear spray, it was not accessible given the swiftness and distance between the bear and the hunter at the time of the encounter,” the release from FWP states.
FWP always recommends that hunters be prepared to use bear spray, especially when calling for elk. This means having the spray within quick reach. They also recommend not running when you see a bear – play dead.
Information based on a press release from MFWP.
List of things you can do to be prepared in case you ever run into a Grizzly Bear while out in the field.
The Montana Archery season is in full swing, we thought you all might to have some inspirational pictures of big bulls. Enjoy
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That is your decision to make, we wanted to pass along a couple pictures of Paul Ryan, running-mate with Mitt Romney because he likes to hunt. If you were elected President of the United States, and you had to pick either Joe Biden or Paul Ryan – who would you pick?
Here’s another picture of Paul Ryan with a nice buck. Get the full Paul Ryan Hunting Story
Summer 2012 Helena area fishing report provided by Troy Humphrey and Adam Strainer from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Canyon Ferry: The rainbow trout is picking up throughout the reservoir. Boat anglers are doing well from White Earth to the dam trolling at 10 to 20 feet with cranks (green, orange and silver) or cowbells tipped with worms. Shoreline anglers are catching fish at the Silos and Pond 4 using marshmallows and worms. Walleye fishing has been good. Vertical jigging on the north end, near Magpie Bay and Cemetery Island, and tolling worm harnesses and cranks, from the south end ponds to mid reservoir (Goose Bay to Confederate), has produced the best bite. Silver or perch colored gear is working the best. Nice yellow perch continue to be caught throughout the reservoir. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow fishing is picking up from both shore and boat. Shore anglers are catching rainbows at the Causeway Bridge and Riverside on worms. Trolling cowbells near Devil’s Elbow and Black Sandy has landed some nice rainbow catches. A few walleye are being caught in the Causeway on jigs tipped with a worm. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter: Rainbow fishing is very good while trolling cowbells or crankbaits at 5 to 15 feet deep from the Oxbow to Holter Dam. Shore fishing for rainbows has been productive as well around Departure Point and Holter Campground while using worms or Powerbait. Walleye and perch fishing are slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Autumn in Western Montana is right around the corner. That means the 2012 Fall Mack Days Fishing Event is fast approaching. It is time to get your fishing equipment-boats, poles, lures, etc. ready to go. Fall Mack Days on Flathead Lake will begin September 21st and end November 11th. Up to $125,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to anglers at the conclusion of the twenty eight day event. Anglers can fish any number of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for eight weekends plus fish for 10 straight days November 2-11th for lake trout. They can choose to fish every day, several days, or just one day. Every lake trout entered equals an entry in the lottery style drawing for prizes from $1,000 to $100. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes sponsor the event and it is sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Mack Days Events are used as a tool to slowly reduce the number of non-native lake trout in Flathead Lake. Native fish-bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout-numbers are just a fraction of where they once were in the Flathead system. They are an important part of Montana’s cultural heritage. These fish have been a part of the Flathead for thousands of years and it is important that their legacy continue on for future generations.
Anglers compete several ways to win cash prizes in the event. There are over 3500 tagged lake trout in the lake. One lake trout will have a $10,000 tag, 5-$5,000, 10-$1,000 and the remainder will be worth from $100-$500. Fish with the higher dollar values are tagged close to each event. You cannot see the tags. The tags are inserted in the muscle of the fish and the adipose fin is clipped. As the lake trout are counted or entered in the event fisheries staff watches for clipped fins-anglers sometimes will tie an electrical tie or use a rubber band around a tail or gill plate to mark them. A scanner is used to read the tags and the number is then matched to a value associated with the numbers. Information from the tags-such as movement and growth-along with population estimates is used by the fisheries biologists. The smallest lake trout entry continues to be a popular category with two $250 prizes given. There is a largest lake trout prize of $500 for the heaviest entry. The largest lake trout has to be over 36” and 24#’s to qualify. The ladies only category attracts more ladies every event. Top prize for the ladies is $300-with $200 going to second-and $100 to the third place lady based on overall totals at the end of the event. Other categories are the Youth, Captains, Weekend, Golden Angler (70 and over), etc. The last day has separate prizes from $500-$100. There are also prizes for the Top Ten Anglers based on their best 15 out of 27 days of fishing. The last day-the twenty-eighth- does not count for top ten but does count for bonuses. Top Ten cash prizes are from $700-$200. Bonuses accumulate as the anglers total goes up. The higher the number of lake trout entered the more anglers will receive for a bonus amount.
New-we are working on a single/team competition for 3 days of the event. Friday-9/28, Saturday-10/20, & Sunday-11/4-prizes will be given for the 4 heaviest fish under 30 inches entered from a boat. The four fish entries are to be tagged or identified with some kind of marking before coming through the door. Fish will be put in a bucket and one weight per boat taken. No changes will be made to entries-this has to be the rule because of time limits-points given based on weight. Top weight on those three days will win $200. Overall prizes of $500, $400, & $300 will be given at the end of the event. Let us know your thoughts. Rules will be posted on the website later.
There is no entry fee and the entry form can be found on the website www.mackdays.com –click on events or watch for entry forms at local sporting goods stores. The website has information on prizes, rules, fish catch and release techniques, fishing access, fishing tips, weather, management, Flathead Lake maps, and lake trout recipes.
We encourage anglers to be safety minded while on the water. Have a cell phone (in a zip lock bag)-life jackets or vests (wear them)-dry clothing-safety flares, etc. Make sure someone knows when you plan to return. Make sure your fuel level is in the top third of the gauge. Always be weather aware-winds and waves don’t mix. Go to shore if needed and wait out a storm. Be careful out there!!
For more information about the event please contact 406-883-2888 ex. 7294 or e mail email@example.com with questions or suggestions.
A 3-year old, 271-pound male grizzly was captured Saturday morning between Highway 2 and the Whitefish River, just southeast of Whitefish. According to Grizzly Bear Management Specialist Tim Manley, the bear had been in the area for about a week and was reported feeding on unsecured garbage and apples. The property where the bear was caught has now had their garbage dumpster replaced with a bear-resistant dumpster.
Manley said that the bear had not been captured previously. The bear had likely come from the Whitefish Range, so he was released on Sunday in the northern portion of the Whitefish Range in the Whale Creek Drainage. The bear was fitted with a GPS radio collar so biologists can follow its movements.
Manley reminds residents to pick up all apples as they fall, and to secure all attractants
Source: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Mark Anderson from Missoula is an avid archery hunter. He has a success archery hunting for elk in the past. But no matter how many elk he has shot in the past it is always a tremendous feeling when he, in his own words:”Got lucky again” I asked him to describe the hunt and this is what Mark had to say:
“Sometimes pretty tough to get in on a decent bull when he is surrounded
by so many sets of eyes. Opted instead to post up in their bedroom, cow call a bit,
and wait them out. Fortunately the wind was favorable and he gave me a 20 yd. shot, but not before
screaming, glunking and thrashing from less then half that range. Pretty much anything and everything
to peg my adrenalin. What an amazing animal!! What an amazing experience!!!
Spent some quite looking upward and then got to work”.
FWP and U.S. Forest Service officials have learned more about the black bear that attacked a man at Black Bear Creek in the Bob Marshall Wilderness last Friday.
A necropsy performed on the bear yielded further evidence tying the bear to the mauling incident. After the initial attack, the bear was able to obtain food items at the camp. FWP Investigator Brian Sommers reports that a number of items found in the bear’s stomach were consistent with items found at the camp. These included pieces of zip lock bags, dried pasta, and other food items. Sommers noted that blood on the claws of the black bear has been swabbed and will be tested to confirm a tie to the man who was mauled. As previously reported, pepper spray was evident on the bear’s fur.
Sommers and FWP Bear and Lion Specialist Erik Wenum report that the bear was a male, approximately 5-years old, and in good condition. The bear weighed 185 pounds. Sommers said that when they went into the site to dispatch it Friday afternoon, the bear displayed behavior consistent with food conditioning and habituation. The bear was killed approximately 70 yards from the scene of the attack, and was in the process of moving back towards the tent where the attack occurred.
“This was a predatory attack by this black bear,” Sommers said.
According to FWP Warden Sergeant Jon Obst, who interviewed the man who was attacked, the bear jumped on the tent about 7:30 a.m., collapsed it, tore through the fabric, and then began to maul the man. The man sprayed the bear with bear-pepper spray and it ceased its attack. The bear remained in the area until a US Forest Service employee and other trail crew members arrived at the scene and chased the bear off. ALERT was notified and the man was tra
After the bear was dispatched by FWP’s response team (flown in by helicopter later that afternoon), all the items at the camp were loaded in the helicopter and flown out. Usable items were returned to the family of the man who is recovering from the attack.
Press Release Provided by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Country music is a way of life in Montana, and its great to see that a few of our favorite singers enjoy hunting and fishing. It could be hunting alligator if your Miranda Lambert, or throwing a plug for some Bass if you’re Brad Paisley. No matter what it is, its cool to see they are “real people” that enjoy what we enjoy, the outdoors.
#1 George Straight
George is a country music icon, and an avid hunter and angler. He says his hobbies are steer-roping, hunting, fishing, skiing and golf.
#2 Miranda Lambert
Miranda was recently spotted in Alaska fishing for King Salmon. Blake Shelton (her husband) and Miranda enjoy spending their time off-stage out in the great outdoors.
#3 Travis Tritt
With his awesome mullet, and his huge country hits – its hard not to believe that Travis is a real dude who likes to hunt and fish right? He actually is buddies with Hank Williams Junior who also is an avid outdoorsman.
#4 Hank Williams Junior
Hank is an avid outdoorsman who actually owns some property in Montana.
#5 Brad Paisley
Brad has a famous song titled “i’m gonna miss her” that pretty much says – if she’s not down with my fishing habits, she can leave. That should explain how enthusiastic Brad is about fishing.
In early July, the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commissioners voted 4 to 0 in favor of increasing the wolf hunting in the state, extending the hunting season and allowing the trapping of wolves for the first time ever. MDFWP has a plan to reduce the wolf population across Montana.
The Wisconsin legislature voted to take the Wolf off the endangered species list this year. Wisconsin has planned wolf hunt that have proven to be controversial, but clearly needed as it is in Montana. Wisconsin has a quota of 200 dead wolves, with an estimated total of 800 or so in the state.
Compared to Wisconsin, Montana has a more limited season, but is otherwise pretty comparable. Dogs hunting wolves, has been looked at as “lacking fair chase” and takes the controversy to the next level. The dog hunting for wolves raised immediate anger from dog organizations, animal welfare groups and the liberal wolf conservationists. These groups went to court with a plan to half that aspect of the hunt. Wisconsin’s plan would be to allow hunters to use one to six dogs to track wolves after the deer rifle season ends in November. Judge Peter Anderson ruled, no.
This one comes to us from Richard Demler, a listener who calls Michigan home and long time listener of the Montana Outdoor Radio Show. Rich snagged this picture last time he was in Montana (which was about three years ago). We really appreciate him sharing it.
The Treasure County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a 26-year-old Luke Herring of Wisconsin, believed to have been swept away by the Yellowstone River earlier this week while he was herding cattle.
They have plenty of obstacles to overcome including fast waters and thick brush. Another obstacle includes the presence of hunters and fishermen, despite a ban being in place in the search area.
On Saturday, they ran into fishermen which threw off the scent for ten rescue dogs searching the banks. However, search organizers tell us that the issue has been fixed.
Herring was reported missing at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday when he failed to return to the ranch that he is employed at, Treasure County Sheriff Wayne Robinson told us.
Herring’s horse was found dead in the river Tuesday night about a quarter-mile downstream from the river crossing that Herring would have used.
Search and rescue teams from Treasure, Stillwater and Rosebud counties, along with officials from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks are conducting the search. Ground crews are using search dogs, boats, and jet skis to search the river, while planes are being used to search from above.
The search area spans 14 miles along the Yellowstone River from Big Horn to Hysham and in an effort to help the dogs pick up the scent, authorities have closed the area to hunting and fishing.
The victim’s family from Wisconsin, along with his girlfriend’s family, are in Montana helping with the search.
I have always said, “When the fish are biting I can catch them”. So when I heard that the trout were biting on Holter Reservoir, I couldn’t wait to get over there and start fishing. Typically, the lakes over by Helena-Canyon Ferry, Hauser and Holter all become very good trout fisheries in September.
Steve Hellegaard from Missoula fished with me on Tuesday and boy were the fish biting. We ended up hooking 30 trout and ended up with 10 nice trout in the 17-20 inch range. We tried walleye fishing and didn’t have bite in 3 hours. What did I say about when the fish are biting? Well the walleyes were not biting.
The next day Jaye Johnson from Charlo joined me and the trout fishing was the same-”Red Hot”. I started to try out different lures on the four rods that we were using just to see how many lures would actually catch fish. I am here to tell you the number of lures that ended up catching at least one trout was incredible.
I took a picture of all of them and you can see with your own to eyes how many lures we used and what kind they were. It ranged from rapalas to thomas cyclone to syclops to macks lures. On Tuesday and Wednesday the lure of choice was a syclops fire tiger but on Thursday the lure that worked the best was Montana Outdoor Radio Show 2011 guaranteed lure with Walleye Waynes autograph. Walleye Wayne is not just a walleye catcher anymore! The red flat fish also got a lot of trout attention in Thursday too!
All three days we fished from 10-14 feet deep in about 65-70 feet of water trolling at 2 miles per hour around Cottonwood Creek by Oxbow Bend. We limited out on “Trout Keepers” by 2pm Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday we had 9 nice trout by 11am when we decided to head for home.
Fishing should continue to be excellent on Holter Reservoir for at least a week or so. Good Luck and have fun!
Right now your probably asking yourself if this is even possible, are Bass as mean as Pirahannas? Of course they aren’t. However, they do kind of look like each other right? Anyway, that’s beside the point.
In this video, a diver went underwater with a video camera and swam into a Bass Bedding Area. The Bass did not seem to happy with him.
We have all used Rapalas, and felt that tiny thump as we troll along. I’ve always wondered, what type of action the lure has under water when diving at depths of 10ft or more.
I found my answer, this video shows exactly what a lure looks like underwater and the science that goes behind creating each lure. You will find that each lure when underwater and moving fast looks strikingly like the fish they are trying to resemble. The relation that caught my mind was that of the Rapala and the Perch.
Bryan Kendrick recently experienced an adrenaline pumping Antelope archery hunt in Montana. He took the time to write up his story to share with all of you, which we greatly appreciate.
I was in a blind close to a stock tank. I walked out in the dark and still bumped some goats out of the hole. I set a decoy up as well. About a half hour after light, a really big buck came in to within 175 yards and started chuckling at my doe decoy. I have been watching this buck since the end of July and he had 3” on the 15 incher I shot. I named the larger buck Kong. Unfortunately, the wind was blowing right to Kong’s direction.
He worked his way down wind of the blind, winded me and boogied. About 45 minutes later, the one I shot showed up on a hill top a ways away. By this time, I had taken my decoy down. This time the wind switched and was in my favor. The 15” walked to within 150 yards of the blind and for some reason I think he was following Kong. It looked like he was not going to come in and continue on the path of Kong. So, from the back of the blind I was able to put the decoy up without him seeing me. He looked at the decoy and walked to within 54 yards. I passed on the shot because I thought he might come in for a drink and I might get a 30 yard shot. Well, he didn’t.
He turned, walked away and gave me another broadside at 66 yards so I just shot him from there. Hunt took place in Antelope 560.
This video comes to us Mike Avery, an outdoors-man who published this video on Vimeo recently. The title of this feature video is called “Ontario Wolf Hunt” which makes the location of the hunt pretty self-explanatory (Ontario, Canada).
We felt that with the Montana Wolf Season approaching, you might get a kick out of watching a real-life hunt.
Photos from the Wolf Hunting Video