2014 Canyon Ferry Reservoir Spring Spawning Survey Update #2

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Warm water temperatures have the annual spawing survey on Canyon Ferry Reservoir in full swing.  Over 450 walleye have been captured, tagged and released to date, already nearly 100 more than in 2013, and some large females have started to show up.  The largest walleye captured to date has been a 29.9-inch ripe female, but […]

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 […]

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, […]

Fisheries Sampling on Noxon Reservoir Begins in April

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FWP will be initiating walleye research on Noxon Reservoir beginning in early April.  Biologists will collect data to determine population demographics, reproductive potential, dietary habits and PCB concentrations within edible portions of walleye.  The information will be used in the revised draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and determine if additional consumption advisories are necessary for Noxon’s […]

Walleye Confirmed as New Washington State Record

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officially reported a new state walleye record on March 5th via a news release.  Here is the information: New State Fishing Record: Walleye (Sander vitrius) Caught by John Grubenhoff of Pasco, WA, in Lake Wallula (Columbia River), Benton County, on Feb. 28, 2014 Weight: 20.32 lbs Total Length: 35.50 inches (90 cm) […]

Washington State Record Walleye Beats Previous Record by Over One Pound

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Paul Rossignol forwarded us this photo of a new record walleye that John Grubenhoff caught in the Columbia River last Friday, February 28, 2014.  The walleye exceeds the state’s previous record by 1.02 pounds! A post by Jeff Holmes on nwsportsmanmag.com revealed the following detailed information on the catch: The fish came from “22 feet of […]

Walleye Rumored to be Largest in the Country Is Not True

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There is an email going around about a 41-inch walleye being caught in Lake Erie, and they are estimating it weighs around 20-22 pounds.  The email states the record has not been confirmed, and that is true–the record has not been confirmed because the measurements are just not accurate. Although the pictured fish was caught in […]

Scoping Notice: Proposal to Investigate Suppression of Walleye in Noxon Reservoir

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Walleye were illegally introduced into Noxon Reservoir in the late 1980s. Since their introduction, fisheries managers have been concerned about the negative impacts of walleye to the Noxon Reservoir and downstream fisheries. Annual gill-net monitoring beginning in 2000 indicated that the population was successfully reproducing and numbers were increasing. In anticipation of a suppression program, […]

The Captain Is Headed for Guided Hunt With Burke Ranch Outfitters

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The Captain will be headed to Burke Ranch Outfitters for a guided elk hunt; a trip he looks forward to every fall. Burke Ranch Outfitters is located in northeastern Montana, 60 miles south of Glasgow, on the famous Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR). The ranch and outfitting are situated in the heart of the Missouri […]

Results from the 2013 Fall Classic Walleye Tournament on Fort Peck

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It’s amazing how another year of Montana tournament fishing is done! Fall Classic was once again a lot of fun in a remote and beautiful part of our great State.  This tournament took place on Fourchett Bay, out of Fort Peck Reservoir, on August 10-11th. Forty-four teams competed. The bite turned tough due to 2 […]

FWP Will Prepare a New Draft EA for Noxon Walleye Project

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposal to conduct a 6-year effort to investigate suppressing illegally introduced walleye in Noxon Reservoir using a variety of sampling gear and techniques. Based on the level of comment and questions, FWP will prepare a revised draft EA before […]

Camp Mak-A-Dream Walleye Benefit at Canyon Ferry on 8.3.13

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The Camp Mak-A-Dream Walleye Benefit at Canyon Ferry is scheduled for August 3rd!  There will be a barbecue on Friday, August 2nd, from 5pm-7pm with the rules meeting at 7pm. This is a family-friendly event, and friends, families, grandparents and kids are all invited to attend! The concept was originally designed by Mark Henckel with […]

There’s Good Walleye Fishing Outside of Montana, Too!

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Montana isn’t the only place to catch some nice walleyes… The Captain’s brothers, Dan and Pat, went fishing with son Jonny and nephew Micheal Frost on Sunday in eastern South Dakota by Clark.  They caught all these walleyes (pictured) in less then 2 hours of fishing–and all of them were between 17-20 inches! I guess […]