Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.11.14)

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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 […]

“I Can’t Remember When It’s Been This Bad”: Captain’s Column 3.6.14

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“I can’t remember when it has been this bad”, was the comment I have heard more than once about last weekend”s storm from some of my friends who have lived in Missoula all of their life. I would have to agree that the mixture of snow and wind that Western Montana received would be hard […]

Changes Are on the Calendar for Trappers and Anglers: Captain’s Column (2.27.14)

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Changes are on the calendar for trappers and anglers this coming Saturday. The wolf trapping season ends Friday February 28th. As of Monday 83 wolves have been successfully trapped in Montana. Hunters have taken 138 wolves so that brings the total wolf harvest to 221 since the wolf season began last year. Montana wolf trapping […]

EASTERN MONTANA FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF 2/24/14

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(Report compiled by Carol Henckel) Please be advised that conditions can change daily so please call the contact person in the area you are planning on fishing for current daily information.  Weather is changing constantly and some days wind and snow can be a big factor. Ice conditions are dangerous so be very aware of […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 2.24.14

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Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable on the reservoirs. Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water. Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice. Canyon Ferry: The rainbow trout bite continues to be strong throughout the south end of the reservoir. Anglers are […]

Bozeman and Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (2.21.14)

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Hunting: Mark your calendars. The elk and deer special permits are due March 15th. We have the forms and abridged regulations for the March 15th drawing for the deer and elk special permits. Or go to fwp.mt.gov Bozmen Fishing: If you missed your chance at a Smith River application you can purchase a Super Permit […]

Flying Snowmobiles and Wolf Pack at Marshall Mountain…All in MORS Weekly Wrap Up

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It has been a record breaking cold-weather week around Montana. But true to Montana spirit, we have toughed it out and hunkered down without too many complaints. And we have managed to find a positive side to wind chill factor; like thicker ice to fish on! In fact here are your current fishing reports from […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 1.13.14

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Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable on the reservoirs. Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support safe access to open water. Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice. Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout are being caught primarily between Pond 4 and the Silos using jigs or ice flies […]

Catch Large Lake Trout on Open Water with Inexpensive Equipment – The Macman

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Fishermen: Now is the time for fishermen who don’t have the expensive equipment needed to catch large lake trout on open water to have that opportunity. Jeff Posivio is an example of that with the two nice fish he caught through the ice in front of the public landing on Salish Point off the shore […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 9.2.13

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Canyon Ferry: Fishing has been consistent throughout the reservoir. Rainbow trout continue to be caught mid-reservoir to the Dam trolling attractors, tipped with worms, at depths at or below 20 feet. Shoreline anglers are catching some rainbows using worms or spoons. Walleye are being caught throughout the south end and mid-reservoir areas using slow-death rigs […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 8.9.13

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Terrestrials are in full swing and should be in your fly box no matter where you are. We’d recommend parachute ants (size 14-16), black beetles (14-16), and hoppers will not be in full bloom until later this month. Missouri River: The Missouri is still fishing well. The fish are getting a bit pickier, but the […]

Helena Area Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 6.14.13

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(photo courtesy of headhuntersflyshop.com)   The Missouri River is fishing very well all around. Fish seem to be hitting almost anything at times, but nymphs are producing the best. Some reports of pale morning duns are coming in and caddis’ are starting in the lower river. The best options for dries are Blue-winged olives, parachute […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 5.28.13

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(photo courtesy of mt-river-outfitters.com)   Canyon Ferry: The rainbow trout spawn has slowed down, but some fish are being caught throughout the reservoir. Shore anglers are doing best at north end access points, especially at the Outhouse and Cave Bay, using worms, spoons or bead head nymphs. Some boat anglers are doing fair tolling cowbells […]