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 @ jigemupmt@yahoo.com, or Ray Cole @ zrcole@bresnan.net

2015 Tiber Update

Upper Missouri River meeting and banquet info

Annual Banquet is May 9th. Get your tickets early at Capital Sports, One Way Marine, and Townsend Marine. We also have a meeting MAY 6, 2015 @ 7:30pm, WEDNESDAY at the EAGLES 4040 – 14 MAIN ST in EAST HELENA. We will be discussing the Solos Area, State meeting, Banquet info and much more. Please attend to help us plan and volunteer for our Annual Banquet on May 9th, this Saturday! If you have questions, please contact patti at 406-459-9004 – hahnbuck@charter.net

Fort Peck and Canyon Ferry Spawning Report

The 2015 Spawning reports for both Canyon Ferry and Fort Peck are now available, click on WalleyeNews/Spawning

Fort Peck - 4/20/2015
Weather conditions have remained stable in the Big Dry Arm of Fort Peck Reservoir since the last update. However, the wind has been anything but stable… Water surface temperatures today were 48-50 while checking our trap nets. These stable temperatures have still been conducive for walleye spawning activity.

Decent numbers of female walleye continue to be collected, but they seem to be tapering off slightly since the last update. Today we managed to collect 20 green and 24 ripe female from our trap nets. However, we’ve also collected some spent (released eggs) female walleye over the last few days while checking our trap nets. This is an indication that we are on the downhill slide of the walleye spawn. It’s not surprising since the walleye spawning activity has been taking place for nearly three weeks now.

Egg-taking efforts have remained steady as well due to the numbers of ripe female walleye captured in the trap nets and from our holding pens. These efforts have given us approximately 5 million eggs each day over the last four days. This brings the grand total to 55 million eggs for the year. This means we’ve met our goal, but we’ll collect a few more over the next couple days just to be on the safe side.

Photo: Daryl Northup with a hefty female walleye.

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

Legislative Bills and News

Bob Gilbert updated his Legislative News! Click Here for the updated March 25th Bills.

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
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