Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (7.25.14)


Hunting: With upland opening September 1st and archery September 6th the time is now to get in and gear up for the upcoming seasons. Get updates on every season opening date buy joining Bob Ward’s email community in store. Fishing:        Canyon Ferry Lake: Trout have been consistently biting especially on the north end. For shoreline […]

Crooked Creek: Where the Musselshell Meets the Missouri (Brett French Radio Show Preview)


A recent trip to the Crooked Creek recreation area was the realization of a long-held dream. OK, so most people may not think of Crooked Creek as dream worthy. After all, there’s a huge, shallow mudflat where the Musselshell River meets the Missouri in this remote part of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, about 50 miles north of […]

Missouri River Paddlefish Report


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 […]

Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (4.25.14)


Hunting: The countdown continues to get your Moose, Sheep, and Goat special permit applications in. They are due by May 1st. You may have heard reports of .22 caliber ammo shortages. Well, Bob Ward’s has limited quantities of .22 and .223 so swing on in. Fishing:                                   Canyon Ferry Lake: The lake is really low. If […]

Mystery Angler Catches & Releases MONSTER Brown Trout on Missouri River


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


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)


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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”


(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 […]