Upper Salmon River Chinook Fishery Report – June 23rd

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Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician for Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission with Idaho Department of Fish and Game – Region 7 has the following report for the opening weekend Chinook fishery on the upper Salmon River: Chinook fishing opened on the upper Salmon River this past weekend, and fish were being caught right away. The river […]

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

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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. […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 6.16.14

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Canyon Ferry:  The rainbow trout bite slowed a bit throughout the reservoir. A few shoreline anglers caught fish at traditional access points using worms, spawn or Powerbait. Boat anglers are catching some rainbows trolling cowbells tipped with worms in 5 to 20 feet of water. The walleye bite has been good mid reservoir and fair throughout […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 6.9.14

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Canyon Ferry:  The rainbow trout bite has been consistent throughout the reservoir. Shoreline anglers continue to have success at traditional access points using worms, spawn or Powerbait. Boat anglers are catching some rainbows trolling cowbells tipped with worms in 5 to 20 feet of water. The walleye bite is heating up mid reservoir and throughout the […]

Join the Captain and Crew on Catchin’ the Big Ones 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 Bob […]

Big Hole River Fishing Report 6-5-14 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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FLOWS: Maiden Rock 5,570 cfs Melrose 5,350 cfs Glen 5,530 cfs VISIBILTY: Good at 2+ feet, better above Wise River. 3+ feet. The Big Hole River is currently dropping and clearing every day after peaking on May 27th at 8,610 cfs near Melrose. Flows are still on the big side but the Big Hole River […]

Helena Area Reservoirs Fishing Report for the Week of 6.2.14

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Canyon Ferry:  The rainbow trout bite has slowed. Shoreline anglers are having some success using worms, Powerbait or while fly fishing with nymphs.  Boat anglers are catching a few rainbows on the north end of the reservoir trolling cowbells tipped with worms. Walleye are on the bite and anglers are doing well on the south end […]

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (5.23.14)

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Hunting:     Spring Black Bear season closes on May 31-June15th depending on the area. Make sure you know what the closing date is for your favored stomping grounds. Bozeman Fishing: Upper Madison-a little muddy but still okay fishing, dry fly fishing is not a good choice right now. Use egg patterns, stoneflies, and dark colored woolly […]

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

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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 […]

Limiting Out Opening Day at Lake Mary Ronan

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The Captain did the Montana Outdoor Radio Show live from Lake Mary Ronan state campground Saturday morning, and started fishing at 2pm, limiting out on salmon not long after.  The report? Opening day at Lake Mary Ronan went well! “I missed a lot of bites but managed to get my limit by 6pm,” said the Captain. “Most anglers seemed to be […]

Missouri River Paddlefish Report

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The search for the prehistoric river monster continues here in Big Sky country. Our paddlefishing guru, Glen Siroky, recently checked in with a paddlefishing update. Catch and Release for Paddlefish continues to be hot on the Upper Missouri River (White Tag) Area and will continue throughout June 15th. River flows have dropped to 15,100 cfs, but still plenty […]

Big Hole River Fishing Report – 5-15-15 (by FishTales Outfitting LLC)

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Big Hole River Fishing Report 5-15-15 FLOWS: Maiden Rock 2730 cfs Melrose 2,550 cfs Glen 2,570 cfs VISIBILITY: Good at 2-3 feet typical tea color. The Big Hole River has been dropping steadily after a big jump to nearly 5000 cfs due to the freezing nighttime temperatures and although it’s only a matter of time […]

Join the Captain and Crew on “Catchin the Big Ones” 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 […]

Upper Salmon River Weekend Steelhead Summary Report (4/20/14)

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This weekend on the upper Salmon River, the majority of anglers were once again found upstream of Basin Creek, in location code 19. Few anglers were found downstream in location codes 17 and 18. Interviewed anglers in location code 17 averaged 16 hours per steelhead caught and 32 hours per steelhead kept. In location code […]

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 […]