Upper Missouri River Chapter needs Volunteers!
The 6th annual kids free fishing day hosted by the Upper Missouri River chapter of Walleyes Unlimited is looking for volunteers. All events are held at the Silo's campground on the south end of Canyon Ferry. We need 30 + Boats with Captians and First mates plus volunteers for rod/reel assembly, tackle bags, Registration, Food Service, Group Leaders, Shore Fishing Assistance
Please click on the link below to fill out the form and return no later than May 29. For more information please contact Roxanne Tubbs at email@example.com or call her at 406.461.8879.
Click here for Kids Day Volunteer Form
Legislative Bills and News
Bob Gilbert updated his Legislative News! Click Here for the updated May 18th Bills.
2015 Tiber Tournament Update
Click on the link below to read all about the upcoming Tiber Tournament. There are some date changes and sponsorship additions that make it possible based on a 100 team field to have a $5000.00 first place overall payout and still have the day money! This year we have decided to increase the payout instead of giving Tiber Tournament T-shirts. It’s the first tournament of the year and it’s going to be a great one. We look forward to seeing you all there. If you have any questions please contact Scott Achilles @ firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ray Cole @ email@example.com
2015 Tiber Update
2015 Fenwick Fall Classic
See the below attachments for the Fenwick Fall Classic boundary map and tournament info. If you have any questions or concerns please contact either Don Pyrah 406-380-0064, or Orrin Pyrah 406-366-2524 Email contacts are firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com We are looking forward to this new and exciting opportunity.
Rules and Information
Fort Peck and Canyon Ferry Spawning Report
These are the last post's of the season for both Canyon Ferry and Fort Peck, click on WalleyeNews/Spawning
The walleye egg-taking operation has concluded in the Big Dry Arm of Fort Peck Reservoir. With the dwindling number of walleye and surpassing our egg-take goal, we’ve pulled our trap nets for the 2015 season. Walleye spawning activity has wrapped up as indicated by the spent females and lack of green females collected. However, other species such as smallmouth buffalo are now cruising the shorelines indicating that other spawning activity will soon be taking place.
So what were the results from this year? Well, we managed to collect a few more eggs since the last update bringing the grand total to 64 million eggs for the season. This will give us plenty of eggs that will turn into fry to stock all the rearing ponds at the Fort Peck and Miles City fish hatcheries. These fry will then grown into fingerlings after approximately one month.
On behalf of the fisheries and hatchery staff, I would like to thank all the volunteers who contributed to a very successful season. It was great to see lots of new and familiar faces, talk about the Fort Peck fishery, and see some truly amazing fish. Best of luck to everyone who ventures out to wet a line this summer!
Photo: Jeff Brost with a smallmouth buffalo
Canyon Ferry - 4/29/2015
It’s been a while since our last report, but that’s due to the fact there really isn’t all that much to report. The spawn has yet to materialize at our standard locations on the south end of Canyon Ferry Reservoir or mother nature hasn’t allow us to leave our traps out fishing. Recent springtime weather patterns simply haven’t produced optimal conditions and the lack of fish continue to tell the same story. Also, water levels in the reservoir are higher than normal for this time of year and effective sampling may potentially be a factor in 2015. To date we’ve sampled 105 walleye, primarily males, and almost 900 rainbow trout.
We’ll continue to run traps through the end of this week or potentially for the duration of the current warm weather pattern. Smaller walleye, fewer rainbow trout, and an increase in the number of suckers is what FWP staff is seeing right now in the reservoir and is typically an indicator that the spawning window is closing. But FWP staff will stay after it until other standardized sampling surveys begin to overlap.
Also, in the previous update I mentioned that we’re at the beginning of a radio telemetry project to monitor movements of walleye, northern pike, and brown trout between the reservoir and river upstream. To date we’ve surgically implanted 7 brown trout in the river, 5 walleye in the river and 4 walleye in the reservoir. Our goal is to implant 10 total brown trout, 10 total norther pike and 8 walleye each in the river and reservoir, respectively. So, we’re getting closer to meeting our objectives for brown trout and walleye. We have yet to sample a northern pike this spring in either the river or reservoir. We’ll remain steadfast.
Cheers and enjoy the pleasant weather!
Montana Warriers on the Water sponsor
We are proud to announce that at this past state meeting Montana Walleyes Unlimited is now a proud sponsor of the Montana Warriors on the Water project supporting our wounded vets to have the opportunity to fish in the great state of Montana. We approved $10,000 to support the 2015 project. For more information and how you can help, check out http://montanawarriorsonthewater.org
2015 Walleye Tournament Applications
Below are the Official tournament dates for all Montana Walleye Tournaments, just updated!
If you have a tournament application you would like posted, please send it to us with the new 2015 dates.
Fort Peck Challenge Tournament Applications
Rock Creek Tournament - Fort Peck - June 6-7
MT Governor's Cup - Fort Peck - July 9-11
Hell Creek Tournament - Fort Peck - July 25-26
Montana Walleye Circuit Tournament Applications
Fresno Walleye Challenge - Fresno - June 13-14
Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival - Canyon Ferry - June 27-28
Tiber Walleye Tourney - Lake Elwell - May 30-31
Fall Classic - Crooked Creek, Fourchette Bay - August 8-9
Other Tournament Applications
Jordan Ladies Tournament - Hell Creek - June 27th
Broad Water Rod and Gun Club - Canyon Ferry, Broadwater Bay - July 11
John Arnold Derby - Hauser Lake, York Bridge - August 8
Glasgow/Fort Peck Women’s Fishing Tournament - August 1st
Yellowtail Tournament - October 3-4