FWP Commission to Meet August 30th to Adopt Upcoming Waterfowl Regulations


Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet Aug. 30 in Helena to adopt the upcoming season’s waterfowl hunting regulations and to consider proceeding with a process to develop a draft statewide fisheries management plan. The meeting, set to begin at 8:30 a.m., will be held at FWP’s Helena headquarters, 1420 E. Sixth Ave. Commissioners […]

With Fall Approaching There Is Still Good Fishing: Eastern Montana Fishing Report


Please be advised that the extremely hot weather has been making precarious high wind conditions as well as potential for heat stroke. Please use caution while on the waters . Call the contact person in the area you are planning on fishing for current daily information. Also use extreme caution on the water at all […]

Missoula Area Fly Fishing is Improving with Cooler Weather


Blackfoot: The Blackfoot is really fishing well now with the cooler evening temps. Spruce moths continue to be the fly of choice! Attractors and hoppers still have the fish looking up but don’t be afraid to nymph the deeper holes during the heat of the day. September promises to be a fantastic fishing month on […]

Hunting GPS’s Map’s Revolutionizes the Hunting Experience

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Hunting GPS’s maps continues to take steps forward in the world of hunting and technology. Last week founder Eric Seigfied and his crew took another step forward by revolutionizing their mapping software yet again.  Never before has it been so easy to know and understand property ownership while out in the field. HuntingGPSmaps’s (located in […]

Cooler Nights Equals Better Fly Fishing: Bozeman Area Fishing Report


Madison River:  Fishing on the Madison has continued to improved in the past week. With cooler nights and the shorter days the fishing is getting better and better. Hopper fishing along the entire Madison continues to catch fish but reports are coming in saying nymphs and streamers are fishing more consistently! Yellowstone: Fishing on the […]

Approaching Deadline for Black Bear, Wolf, and Mountain Lion Hunting Licenses


The deadline for, black bear, wolf and mountain lion hunting licenses are available through August 31st. After that date there is a five-day wait until you can use the license. The licenses can be purchased at a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks office, FWP license provider or online at fwp.mt.gov. Aug. 31 is also the […]

Good Rainbow Fishing on Holter: Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report


Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow fishing has slowed a bit throughout the reservoir.  Mid reservoir has been best while trolling cranks (silver, red and perch colored) or spoons (copper or brass) in 10 to 40 feet of water.  Walleye fishing continues to be best early in the morning and late in the evening.  Mid reservoir, especially between […]

Whitefish Bite? Captain’s Column


I don’t want to get anybodies hope up about the possibility of catching whitefish on Flathead Lake but I did receive this encouraging e-mail last weekend from Jim Vashro the Region 1 fish biologist for FWP and Flathead Lake.   “The mystery continues, I keep getting tantalizing reports. Chancy at Snappys says one angler caught 40 […]

Some Great Fishing Opportunities in the Eastern Montana Fishing Report


Please be advised that the extremely hot weather has been  making  precarious  high wind  conditions as well as potential for heat stroke. Please use caution while on the   waters .   Call the contact person in the area you are planning on fishing for current daily information. Also use extreme caution on the water   at all […]

Reward Offered for Trespass and Poaching: Deer Creek Shooting Range


MISSOULA – Jim McDonald, President of the 2,500-member Western Montana Fish and Game Association has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the citation and conviction of someone who poached a deer at the WMFGA’s Deer Creek Shooting Center last Saturday. McDonald commented, “The WMFGA continues to wrestle with trespass problems at the Deer […]

Improving Rainbow Fishing In the Helena Reservoirs Fishing Report


Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout fishing has picked up throughout the reservoir.  Trolling cranks (silver, green and perch colored), spoons (hammered copper or silver) or cowbells has produced fish in 15 to 45 feet of water.  Walleye fishing continues to be best early in the morning and late in the evening.  The primary bite continues to […]

Fishing On Flathead Lake Remains Steady in the Flathead Lake Fishing Report


Summer fishing on Flathead Lake remains steady. Fishing the north end of the center bar is a good area for smaller good eating Lakers. Also the 300’ of water down the east side of the center bar is holding fish feeding on the shrimp.   Try trolling a dodger houchies combo in either white houchies or green/white combination. […]

Still Fly Fishing Opportunities in Bozeman Area Fishing Report


Gallatin River: The Gallatin continues to fly fish well. Especially with hoppers, spruce moths, and even some caddis. There have been a few fishing eating tricos earlier in the day. With shorter days the fishing on the Gallatin should only get better and better as we reach September. Madison River:  Fishing on the Madison as […]

The Dog Days of Summer, Good Fishing and Archery Preparation: Captain’s Column


The dog days of summer are definitely upon us. Hunters that are out with a 900 series antelope tag are going to face some hot dry conditions. It is also time for hunter education courses are set to begin soon in many communities around western Montana. Students can register online now at fwp.mt.gov.  All hunter education classes are […]

Mixed Results in the Helena Area Reservoirs Report


Canyon Ferry:  Mixed results for rainbow trout continue to be the trend.  Trolling cranks (green, orange and perch colored), spoons (copper or silver) or cowbells, around Confederate, Goose Bay and Round Top (15 to 40 feet), have produced the best bite.  Walleye fishing continues to be best early in the morning and late in the […]

Dry Fly Fishing Report: Johny Perry’s Missoula Area Report


Hot weather continues to slow the fly fishing down in the afternoon on most of western Montana’s rivers and streams.  There still is very good fishing in the mornings on Rock Creek and some areas of the Blackfoot River.  Congo caddis, elk hair caddis, and a variety of medium sized terrestrial patterns are working in […]

Good Opportunities in the Missoula Fly Fishing Report


Blackfoot: The Blackfoot continues to fish well. The early and later parts of the day will provide the most success. Grass hoppers, attractors, spruce moths have been the ticket. The caddis hatch in the evening continues to be great once the sun gets off the water. Bitterroot River:  The Root is still offering some good […]

Limited Fish Kills Taking Place on Upper Section of Fort Peck Reservoir


GLASGOW, Mont. – State fisheries biologists say that hot weather has caused the death of hundreds of cisco, a prevalent forage species, in the Fourchette Bay and Narrows area of Fort Peck Reservoir over the past few weeks. Cisco, also known as lake herring, are typically found in the deeper, colder areas of the reservoir. […]

Gaining Hunting Access: Ask Early


Montana’s millions of acres of private land offer some good hunting opportunities—the only catch is gaining the landowner’s permission to hunt. It is Montana law that hunters obtain landowner permission to hunt on all private land. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will greatly improve results when attempting to secure hunting […]