Helicopter Being Used for First Time for Some Region 6 Fish Stocking

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For the first time, the Fort Peck Multi-Species Fish Hatchery will be using one of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks helicopters to stock fingerling rainbow trout to many Region 6 public and private ponds that are opened for public fishing. In the past, the ponds – which are included in the “Region 6 Pond […]

2014 Spring Mack Days News


2014 SPRING MACK DAYS Sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks $150,000 in Cash and Prizes varies depending on harvest (1-$10,000, 2-$5,000, & 5-$1,000 Tagged Lake Trout Over 5,000-$100-$500 tagged lake trout) March 14th-May 18th-Fridays-Saturdays-& Sundays  May 9-May 18 will be 10 straight days 34 days […]

Potential World Record Brown Trout Caught on Film While Ice Fishing!


Although it isn’t officially confirmed yet, this brown trout is said to be the “largest brown trout ever filmed while ice fishing” and was caught in the Milwaukee Harbor. This brown measures one inch longer than the current IGFA world record at 39 inches and is estimated to weigh around 20 pounds! What is the […]

Cutthroat Trout Restoration Meeting in White Sulphur Springs

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Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a meeting in White Sulphur Springs to discuss a restoration of native westslope cutthroat trout in Camas Lake and Big Camas Creek, in the Big Belt Mountains of the Helena National Forest. The meeting will take place 6 p.m., Feb. 27, at the Senior Citizens Center, 101 1st Ave. […]

INSANELY HUGE Fort Peck Trophy Lake Trout


Fort Peck boasts some monsters in its water, but WOW!  Check out the humongous lake trout that Jason Mitchell (of Jason Mitchell Outdoors– Season 13 – Episode 14) trolled for, using Salmo Perch 8SDR crankbaits, along the face of the Fort Peck dam in late October of 2012.  He found lake trout stacked in less than fifteen […]

“The Captain’s Golden Willow” by Trevor Johnson of Kit’s Tackle


This past Tuesday our boat hit the open water with a new captain aboard…and not just any old captain.  The Captain of the Montana Outdoor Radio Show joined us for a fun filled day of winter jigging on Hauser reservoir just north east of Helena.  The day started out a little slow, but for those […]

The Browns Still Bite in the Bitterroot, Even When the Fishing Is Slow!


Clayton Larsen and Hilary Brazington recently fished the Bitterroot River, just north of Belle Crossing, near Stevensville, and, although the fishing was slow, they caught four nice browns!  Hilary is pictured below with one of their catches of the day. Nice work, fellow anglers!  Keep those pictures coming!

2014 Spring Mack Days Angler Information


$150,000 in Cash and Prizes- varies depending on harvest 1-$10,000, 2-$5,000, & 5-$1,000 Tagged Lake Trout Over 5,000-$100-$500 tagged lake trout-number will continue to increase March 14th-May 18th-Fridays-Saturdays-& Sundays May 9-May 18 will be 10 straight days 34 days of lake trout fishing on Flathead Lake. Mack Days Angler Information (from Cynthia Bras-Benson): Happy New […]

“Birthday Tuna Trout” by Trevor Johnson of Kit’s Tackle

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Does it get any better than spending your birthday standing over an ice hole with jigging rod in hand anticipating that “thunk”?!?! While spending my birthday doing exactly this, I thought to myself, “is there anywhere else I would rather be…NOPE!” While getting lost in the thought of feeling very blessed to be able to […]

Spawning Surveys in the Flathead Show Positive Results for Bull Trout


Bull trout spawning surveys in eight North and Middle Fork Flathead River tributaries were completed by FWP between October 1 and October 10 and the results are encouraging. Biologists count the number of “redds” or nests built in streambed gravels by adult bull trout from Flathead Lake. Identical sections are counted annually and represent a […]

2013 Fall Mack Days Update – Week 3


  The third weekend of 2013 Fall Mack Days fishing ended with a total of 6,777 lake trout entries turned in, which is 2,566 over the same weekends in 2012. Anglers were once again able to enjoy blue skies and calm waters as they fished Flathead Lake. Total for the third weekend-Friday-828, Saturday-1,034, and Sunday-598- […]

Idaho’s Snake River Recently Restocked with Salmon


If you are looking for an excuse to fish the neighboring Snake river in Idaho, now is the time! Idaho Power has recently released more than 72,000 rainbow trout into the Snake River. Idaho Power released 52,250 rainbow trout at the Cottonwood and Jack’s Creek accesses at C.J. Strike Reservoir. An additional 15,000 were released […]

“Golden Deliciousness” by Trevor Johnson of Kit’s Tackle


After spending a couple HARD days in the Scapegoat Wilderness in search of a big bull elk, some jigging therapy was much needed.  We have spent a tremendous amount of time in the woods this fall and have had one of the toughest bow seasons in our hunting history.  Usually for us, by rifle season […]

“Megasaurus Dino-Brown” Trout Found on Shore of Madison River!


The Madison River Foundation recently released information about a huge brown trout that was discovered on the shore of the Madison.  They refer to the monster fish as being something “out of one o fthose campy SciFi Channel movies — Megasaurus Dino-Brown! Sharktrout!”.   Check out the story posted by Bighorn Trout Shop’s Facebook page: […]

Catching the Big Ones (Literally) at Flathead Lake with the Captain and Crew


On Tuesday, August 20th, the Captain, Gerry Steinbrenner and Don Beardsley played hooky and took a trip to Flathead Lake.  If you’re going to play hooky, you might as well go fishing and make it a good trip–and the trio did just that!  They were quite successful out there on the water catching some nice […]

The Fishing Is on Fire at Flathead Lake!

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Doug Stewart, from Missoula, joined the Captain on Flathead Lake this past Wednesday. They ended up boating seven fish, with the biggest being a whopping 33-inches and the smallest being 24-inches. The duo fished in 103-109 feet of water off of the Finley Point area and used the whole bait set-up by Zimmer Tackle, while baiting […]

Significant Fish Loss at Murray Springs State Fish Hatchery


Early on Sunday morning a power outage resulted in a shutdown of water pumps at the Murray Springs State Fish Hatchery just outside of Eureka.  The hatchery is supported entirely by pumped water.   The backup generator failed to start automatically; the pumps were off for approximately 3.5 hours which resulted in a significant fish kill. […]