MORS Weekly Wrap Up


Montana Outdoor’s Top Stories of the Week:  Montana Rattlesnake Den Up Close…Maybe Too Close for Comfort…see the video here. CSKT, FWP Issue Lake Trout Consumption Guidelines for Flathead Lake…read more here. Doesn’t Anybody Work Anymore? Captain had Great Success on Flathead Lake’s East Bay…read about it here. Good Ol Montana Bass Fishing…read where here. Tongue River […]

International Wildlife Film Festival This Week in Missoula


The 37th annual International Wildlife Film Festival kicks off with WildFest and WildWalk in Downtown Missoula and Caras Park TODAY April 13. Don’t miss an unforgettable eight days of award winning wildlife films at the Roxy Theater day and night and a stellar line up of filmmaker presentations as well. According to Wikipedia: The film festival […]

“Ghost Moose” Emerging from Woods this Spring


No they aren’t vampire or zombie moose, but they may as well be among those categories because these moose are being tortured and sucked dry by ticks. A single moose can carry more than 100,000 of these bloodsucking moose ticks, and according to New Hampshire moose project leader Kristine Rines,  sometimes these anemic, infested animals are […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.11.14)


Hunting:   Spring Turkey Season opens April 12th Spring Black Bear opens April 15th Don’t forget to take your bear ID test in order to get your black bear tags. Moose/Sheep/Goat special permits are due Thursday May 1st.  Grab the new regulations and look them over closely. There are lots of changes this year. Bozeman […]

Comments Sought on Stocking Tiger Muskie in Ackley, Martinsdale Reservoirs


Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking comments on a draft environmental assessment (EA) proposing to stock tiger muskies in Ackley and Martinsdale reservoirs. Ackley Reservoir covers 226 acres in Judith Basin County. Martinsdale Reservoir is 946 acres, stretching across the Wheatland and Meagher county line. Both water bodies are used for irrigation storage. Ackley is […]

Bitterroot Closed to Floating from Woodside to Tucker FAS Due to Flow Conditions at Supply Ditch Diversion


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks put an emergency rule in place today that closes the Bitterroot River near Corvallis to all floating from Woodside to Tucker Fishing Access Sites due to flow conditions that make portage around the Supply Ditch Diversion Dam very difficult. The Supply Ditch Diversion, located approximately three miles downstream of Woodside, […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.11.14)


Hunting: Mountain Lion (w/ Hounds) season continues until April 14th. This weekend (April 12th) marks the start of spring turkey. Spring black bear opens April 15th. Gear up! Be sure to pick up your regulations for moose, goat and sheep. There are lots of changes this year so look them over closely. Fishing:           Canyon Ferry […]

Montana Fishing Film Festival This Saturday in Missoula


Fishing film festivals and tours are like a Spring flu epidemic that travels through Montana every year. The only difference is the “sick” fishing action featured in these films is most likely something Montanans will never see except on the big screen. And sure, that’s great, it’s like that with ski films too.  I can […]

Fisheries Sampling on Noxon Reservoir Begins in April


FWP will be initiating walleye research on Noxon Reservoir beginning in early April.  Biologists will collect data to determine population demographics, reproductive potential, dietary habits and PCB concentrations within edible portions of walleye.  The information will be used in the revised draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and determine if additional consumption advisories are necessary for Noxon’s […]

Montana Bald Eagle Cam Online!


MILES CITY– A camera providing 24 hour live feed footage of nesting Bald Eagles is officially live today.  Individuals may access the footage by navigating to: Or Scroll to the bottom of the page, Click on “view our cameras from around the world” Zoom into Montana, Click on the camera icon and live footage […]

Tongue River Reservoir is Full of Crappie: Brett French Radio Show Preview


Tongue River Reservoir still holds the Montana record for biggest black crappie. Could that fall this year? Well, according to Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks fisheries manager Mike Backes, surveys of crappie in the popular south-central Montana reservoir last fall showed some fat fish. So even if the state record doesn’t fall, anglers have a good chance to catch […]



Tune into Catchin the Big Ones with the Captain for the latest in fishing reports for Western and Central Montana this Friday morning from 8-9am on KGVO 1290am/101.5fm in Missoula. You can also listen on line The show is broadcast live from Paradise Falls on the” Banks of Brooks” in Missoula Bill Brown from […]

UPPER MADISON RIVER FISHING REPORT-04-10-14 (by Michael Stack of FishTales Outfitting LLC)


CONDITIONS: FLOW Current Madison River flows Hebgen Dam 963 cfs Kirby 1,040 cfs Varney 1,210 cfs VISIBILITY Very clear at 3+ feet. The Upper Madison remains closed from Quake Lake downstream to McAtee Fishing Access Site (FAS) and again from Ennis FAS downstream to Ennis Lake FAS until the general season opener Saturday May 17th. […]

New Fees for Moose, Sheep, Goat Hunting Apps


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials remind hunters applying for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat licenses that they will see changes in fees as a result of state legislation adopted last year. In past years, hopeful resident hunters were required to submit $75 with their application for a $125 license, plus pay a $5 […]