Weather and Elk Hunting: Captain’s Column (9.18.14)


Your garden and flowers may not have enjoyed the below freezing temperatures that Western Montana experienced last week, but if you’re an elk bow hunter you might have had a different perspective. Cooler weather and the end of a full moon will make bull elk more active. They begin to gather up cows and will […]

It’s a Ward Thing–You Wouldn’t Understand: Captain’s Column (9.4.14)


Last weekend I had the opportunity to join my brothers and sisters along with my mom and other Ward family members for a family reunion. The reunion took place in my hometown of Bryant, South Dakota which is located in the eastern part of the state 40 miles southwest of Watertown. The wording on t-shirts […]

Preparing for Bow Season–Captain Style: Captain’s Column (8.28.14)


Labor Day weekend is here, and most of you are wondering where did your summer go? Last week’s weather reminded us that fall is right around the corner and probably gave bow hunters a little incentive to begin preparation for the upcoming season. Normally, the general archery season for deer, elk, and mountain lion begins […]

Are the Whitefish Going to Bite? – Captain’s Column (7.24.14)


There is one question on many anglers minds in Western Montana. Are the whitefish on Flathead Lake going to bite this summer? If the popular fish are going to bite this is the time of the year, that normally would happen. The “Bite” has not happened for several years so anglers that have experienced the […]

Dishin’ About Fishin': Captain’s Column (7.17.14)


In Western Montana, most rivers are still running above their normal flows for this time of the year, but their flows are coming down. The fishing, as you might expect, is also improving daily on the rivers.  Here is a river and lake fishing report that was sent in to me by “Blackfoot River […]

Inaccurate Technology: Captain’s Column (6.26.14)


Sometimes I wish the technology that we have today wasn’t available. Computers, smart phones, tablets, all of then give you instant information. Sometimes instant information isn’t all the great or accurate. Last week, I was planning to spend most of the week fishing over at Canyon Ferry for walleye. That was the plan until I […]

Fishing for Fishing Information: Captain’s Column (6.19.14)


With all the high water and possible flooding from the Spring Run-off we were suppose to have this year I was a little taken back when I noticed earlier this week that we were under normal precipitation this year for Western Montana. On Monday the year to date precipitation that Missoula received was 6.94 inches. […]

Fishing, Fishing and More Fishing: Captain’s Column (5.22.14)


The first three day holiday weekend is fast approaching. This Memorial Day Weekend should offer some good fishing opportunities for families on lakes across Montana. The National Weather Service is forecasting warmer temperatures and that the rivers, which are already high, will continue to rise into the weekend. Fishing on the rivers will be tough […]

From Canyon Ferry to Fort Peck: Captain’s Column (5.8.14)


The Bureau of Reclamation is anticipating a strong spring run-off at Canyon Ferry Reservoir this year. They normally will draw the lake down in the spring accommodate for the water coming in from the Missouri River but this year it seems that they might have Canyon Ferry a little lower than normal. The snowpack is […]

Ask the Guy Next to You: Captain’s Column (4.24.14)


Fishing conditions tend to change as rapidly as the spring weather we have in Montana. To prove my point, read this e-mail I received from Carolyn Persico from Rock Creek Fishermans Mercantile last Friday afternoon concerning the fishing on Rock Creek east of Missoula: “While I was busy giving a report on Catching the Big […]

Spring Turkey Success: Captain’s Column (4.17.14)


Last Saturday turkey hunters headed out to celebrate the opening of the 2014 spring turkey season in Montana. It was a beautiful sunshine morning, and, according to some reports that I received, the turkeys were out and going nuts. Shawn Plakke and his son, Orion, from Superior were two of those hunters enjoying the hunt. […]

It’s Banquet Time: Captain’s Column (3.27.14)


Montana sportsman and women support many fund raising banquets each year. I think you will agree there is no shortage of events and gatherings that hunters, anglers and shooting enthusiast can place their hard earned money. The non- profit organizations that put on these banquets are driven and supported by many local volunteers putting in […]

Spring into the Weekend at the Great Rockies Sportshow: Captain’s Column (3.20.14)


The spring-like temperatures are a sure sign that spring has been here for a week or so, although today is the first official day of spring. Spring begins with the vernal equinox this morning March 20 at 10:57am according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Yet another sure sign that spring is here is the arrival […]