Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.18.14)

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Hunting:    Moose/Sheep/Goat special permits are due Thursday May 1st, post marked on or before! This can be done on online or with a paper application. If you need the paper copy we’ve got it. Bozeman Fishing: Upper Madison is hit and miss. Definitely use nymphs but on warmer days don’t be afraid to throw some […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.18.14)

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Hunting: Please review your regulations as there have been some changes. Also, make sure to bring pictures down of your successful hunts and post them on are bulletin board. Fishing:        Canyon Ferry Lake fishing is taking off. The trout are spawning so try fishing from Yacht Basin to the dam or at Chinaman’s or Shhanon.  […]

Want to Hear the Captain on “Catchin’ the Big Ones”? LISTEN LIVE TODAY!

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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 http://newstalkkgvo.com/listen-live/popup/. The show is broadcast live from Paradise Falls on the” Banks of Brooks” in Missoula Bill Brown from […]

Two Good Days of Fishing for Two Good Fishermen

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While the Captain was fishing Holter this week, he met two fellow anglers, Allen Hay and Vance Ventresca.  These fishermen were on a two-day fishing trip and knew how to get what they were after! The first day, Allen and Vance hit the Missouri near Gates of the Mountains and caught about 11 fish.  They basically used steelhead fishing techniques, […]

Reeling Em In at Holter with The Captain and Crew

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Salmon Steve caught a couple of nice rainbows fishing with the Captain on Holter.  They caught and released 35 trout today and one walleye below Holter Dam this evening, fishing with Jim Johnson from Lincoln.  Fish bit on about everything, especially the fire tiger syclops and the green needle fish, as well the J-9 fire […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 4.14.14

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Report compiled by Carol Henckel Please be advised weather is changing constantly and some days wind and even snow can still be a factor. High water conditions are dangerous as Spring weather is unpredictable. Enjoy yourself but remember alcohol alters your judgment so use it sparingly while enjoying the outdoors. Keep an eye on the […]

Upper Salmon River Weekend Summary Report (4/13/14)

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This past weekend on the upper Salmon River, the vast majority of anglers were found in location code 19 between the Sawtooth Hatchery and the Yankee Fork.  No interviews were obtained downstream of Salmon due to minimal angler pressure. Interviewed anglers in location code 17, between the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi Rivers, had the best average […]

19th Annual Jordan Tough/Guy Walleye Tournament

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WHAT: 19th Annual Jordan Tough/Guy Walleye Tournament WHEN: April 19, 2014 * Fishing from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm DETAILS: $75 per 2 person team. Big walleye and northern pots $10 each per team. Rules meeting 7:30 am. Can pay on Saturday Morning. Launch from Hell Creek Marina. Annual Jordan Banquet Friday April 18. Prime Rib, […]

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

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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

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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 […]

Montana Fishing Film Festival This Saturday in Missoula

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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 […]

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

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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. […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 4.7.14

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(Report compiled by Carol Henckel) Please be advised weather is changing constantly and some days wind and even snow can still be a factor. High water conditions are dangerous as Spring weather is unpredictable. Enjoy yourself but remember alcohol alters your judgment so use it sparingly while enjoying the outdoors. Keep an eye on the weather while […]

“Doesn’t Anybody Work Anymore?”–The Captain has a Great Day at East Bay

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The Captain took advantage of the nice weather and excellent reports out of Flathead Lake to go perch fishing Tuesday. Temperatures were in the low 70′s but the wind kept it cooler. The water temp reached a high of 49.4 degrees. Matt Swenson from Missoula and Dick Zimmer “The Macman” went along. There were plenty […]

Pine Grove Pond Opens for the Season on Saturday, April 12

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Pine Grove Pond, a family fishing pond and access area, will open to the general public for the season on Saturday, April 12. According to FWP Fisheries Manager Mark Deleray, the pond and access, located near Rose Crossing on the outskirts of Kalispell, hosts many thousands of angler days over the spring and summer and […]

Steelhead Report on Idaho Rivers via Idaho Fish & Game

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This past weekend on the upper Salmon River, the majority of anglers were found above Ellis in location codes 18 and 19, but anglers downstream of Salmon were still catching steelhead as well. Anglers interviewed in location code 15, downstream of North Fork, averaged 13 hours per steelhead caught and 29 hours per steelhead kept. […]