Mystery Angler Catches & Releases MONSTER Brown Trout on Missouri River

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UPDATE:  The mystery angler contacted us!  His name is Cole Hoefle, of Billings, and he caught and released this monster in early April.  VERY nice, and thank you to Cole for letting us know! The Captain received this photo from Paul Moseley of Missoula. The story with the picture is not confirmed but sounded good enough to […]

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, […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (3.28.14)

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Hunting: Spring Bear season starts April 15th and Spring Turkey starts April 12th. Mountain lion season (with hounds) ends April 14th. Please review your regulations for specific details on the areas you plan on hunting. And make sure to bring pictures down of your successful hunts and post them on are bulletin board. Fishing: Canyon […]

A Look at What Happens When an Ice Jam Breaks

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With the recent increase in temperature, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is alerting the public to the movement of ice jams and sudden rises in water levels along river corridors. The following fishing access sites are closed due to ice jams and flooding: Madison River: Ennis FAS – Closed since December 13,  Valley Garden FAS – Closed since December […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons – 3.7.14

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Hunting: While grabbing your new fishing license at Bob Ward’s we can also handle your Sportsman’s licenses so you are all set-up for your applications when they roll-out.  Spring Bear season starts April 15th and Spring Turkey starts April 13th.  Mountain lion season (with hounds) ends April 14th.  Wolf season is still going on through […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (2.28.14)

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Hunting: Mountain lion season (with hounds) is in full swing and ends April 14th. Wolf season is still going on through March 15th. Spring turkey starts April 12th. Fishing: Canyon Ferry Lake ice may be thickening with this colder weather. Reports say up to 15 inches of ice on the south end by the silos […]

Trout numbers RemainHigh in Missouri River

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Fish surveys this year indicate rainbow and brown trout numbers remain above the long- term average in the Missouri River between Holter Dam and the town of Cascade, says a state fisheries biologist. State fisheries crews this fall estimated 5,194 rainbow trout greater than 10 inches long per mile near the town of Craig on […]

Building Pallid Passage on the Yellowstone: Brett French Radio Show Preview

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For more than a decade, state and federal officials have been working to figure out a way to provide wild pallid sturgeon passage at Intake Dam on the Yellowstone River. Two years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers helped build a new irrigation headworks above the dam that includes huge fish screens that could halt […]

Montana Fly Fishing Report by Scott Anderson of Montana Fishing Company – 4.12.13

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This weekend should be great for fly fishing in Montana.  The Bitterroot River flows have dropped to 699 cfs in Darby.   The river will produce some good fish this weekend with skawla patterns.  I am sure that there will be lots of anglers out.  If you up for wild ride try out the Blackfoot River […]

FWP Reports “2013 Paddlefish Seasons Set to Open”

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(photo courtesy of gallery.nanfa.org) This year’s Montana paddlefish seasons will kick off on May 1 with the opening of the Missouri River The paddlefish snagging season below Fort Peck Dam on the Missouri River and in the Yellowstone River below the mouth of the Bighorn River opens May 15. The archery fishing season for paddlefish […]

FWP Reports “Trout Numbers Up in the Missouri River”

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Fish surveys last year indicate rainbow and brown trout numbers are up in the Missouri River between Holter Dam and the town of Cascade. State fisheries crews last fall estimated 7,312 rainbow trout greater than 10 inches long per mile near the town of Craig on the Missouri. The long-term average for that section is […]

Streamers Are Hot On The Missouri River: Helena Area Outdoor Report

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Hi, it’s Angie from Bob Ward & Sons in HELENA…where there’s afternoon fishing at its best this week! Milder than usual temps are forecast, tho you wouldn’t know that from the snow & freezing rain today! Mid to Upper 30′s expected, but that also means NO ICE on the Lakes! The MISSOURI RIVER’s upper portion is […]

Terrestrials and Nymphs on the MO: Helena Area Outdoor Report

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Hi, it’s Angie from Bob Ward & Sons, & fishin’s DIVINE over HELENA way….just the place to be over Labor Day Weekend! Some strong wind has cleared a lot of the smoke out of town, tho check online for the latest fire reports before you head anywhere over the weekend…it’s just sound advice! You got […]

Improving Fishing Opportunities in the Western Montana Fly Fishing Report

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Despite all the rain, most of Western Montana’s Rivers have been on the drop for the past week! That means improving fishing conditions and hungry fish! Bitterroot River: The Root has been steadily dropping over the past week and decent conditions should remain until things warm back up. This is a great time of the […]

Good Fishing Continues In the Helena Area Reservoirs Report: 5/21/2012

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Canyon Ferry:  Rainbow trout are being caught throughout the reservoir.  Shoreline anglers are doing good near the Outhouse, Shannon, Kim’s Marina, White Earth and Confederate using worms and/or marshmallows and fly fishing anglers are catching fish using nymphs, San Juan worms and wooly buggers.  Boat anglers continue to have success around Cemetery Island, White Earth […]