MAY 4, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
QUIET WATER PROPOSAL. WE NEED SUPPORT TO FIGHT THIS PROPOSAL. The Quiet Waters meeting is May 4th in Helena at the Montana Wild. They are taking public comments at that time. Please make plans to attend!
The Joint Mussel Response Team will host open houses in April at eight towns in north central Montana to discuss the upcoming watercraft inspection season, new regulations, and local boater program certification.
The events will focus on Montana’s plan to detect, contain, and prevent the spread of invasive mussels and other aquatic invasive species.
The open houses will run from 6-8 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 6:15 p.m. Local boaters can be certified after the presentation. Preregistration is not required. Here are the dates and locations:
* April 17 – Choteau, public library meeting room, 17 Main Ave. N.
* April 18 – Conrad, Pondera County Shooting Sports Complex, 972 Granite St.
* April 20 – Fort Benton, city hall, 1204 Front St.
Click here for details on the Mussel Alert Program.
2017 Montana Legislative session links
Click here to follow Bob Glberts (Executive Director of Walleyes Unlimited) preference List for FWP
You can also create your own login & password to get notifications on these and other bills when they are coming up for another hearing. This is the link to creat your account & preference list; http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/64th/pref_hlp.asp
As we read the news and follow the bills that come through this years legislative sessions have you ever wondered how you can get in contact with your representative and voice your comments? Click here for a direct link to your representative and voice your comments today!
If you do not have direct access to the bills that are out there, Click on this link to view a list of all 2017 bills. Select the committee you are interested in...I.e. Senate Fish and Game. Then just hit the "Find" button and it brings up the bills they are dealing with and status. Then from this you can access the link to provide comments to the Committee.
Legislative Walleye Feed a success!
On January 25th the UMR chapter along with the State Walleyes Unlimited club hosted a Walleye feed for all of the great Legislative members of Montana. We also has two special guests this year, Governor Steve Bullock and newly elected Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney. Along with the Upper Missouri River members we also had members from the Great Falls chapter, Executive Director Bob Gilbert, President Roy Ereaux and President elect Mary Humbert. Thanks for all of the volunteers who helped put on this great feed and look forward to doing it again next session!
Mary Humbert and Steve Bullock
Mary Humbert and Mike Cooney
Lakes and Fishing Reports
Fishing Report -
Fishing Report - April
Montana Outdoor Radio Show Fishing Report
Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout are cruising shorelines throughout the reservoir. Shoreline anglers are having success at traditional access points using worms, spawn sacks or various nymph fly patterns. Boat anglers are catching a few trout while anchored and casting to shore or trolling attractors at shallow depths. No report thus far for walleye or yellow perch. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow fishing is very good from both shore and boat. Shore fishing is best at York Bridge while using flies and at Riverside while using jigs tipped with a worm. Boat anglers are finding rainbows while trolling crankbaits around York Bridge and White Sandy. Lake Helena is producing a few walleye while trolling blue & gray or perch colored rapalas. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter: Very good rainbow fishing can be found from shore around all the boat docks while using small pink or orange flies. Boat anglers are finding rainbows while trolling gold/silver crankbaits along the shorelines throughout the reservoir. Walleye and perch action are slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Fort Peck and Canyon Ferry Spawning Report 2016
Well, it was a bit breezy in the Big Dry Arm of Fort Peck Reservoir today. We managed to check nearly all of our trap nets but had to leave a few due to the gusty winds. Water surface temperatures have been averaging close to 50 degrees throughout our trap netting locations the last two days. These are very favorable temperatures for walleye spawning activity and it has been apparent in most of our trap netting catches.
Numbers of walleye collected in trap nets have remained steady and slightly increased over the last few days. We actually managed to bring in 44 green female and 48 ripe female walleye from today’s efforts. Based on the water temperatures and the proportion of green and ripe female walleye captured, it appears we could be nearing peak walleye spawning activity.
In addition to the female walleye being brought in from the trap nets, there have been a few ripening up in the holding pens. Due to these good catch rates of walleye, we held two more egg-takes since the last update. A little over 4 million eggs were collected on Tuesday and approximately 10 million more today. This should bring the total to approximately 36 million eggs. The forecast is calling for some gusty winds the next couple days so we’ll see what we can do.
Chase Sanderson with big female walleye!
Charles Durbin wrangling a large northern pike!
Ricci Olson with a great walleye on a breezy day!
April 10th, 2017
The weather has cooled in the Big Dry Arm of Fort Peck Reservoir due to a cold front that moved through the area. Water surface temperatures dropped from 52 to 48 degrees as of today in some of the shallower trap netting locations. It appears this has slowed walleye spawning activity a bit as our trap net catches were down from previous days. However, we’ve managed to capture a good number of ripe and green female walleye prior to the decrease in water temperatures.
Due to the steady number of ripe female walleye captured over the last several days, we’ve managed to hold three more egg-takes since the last update. Each collection day has averaged approximately 5 million eggs. That should bring our total to 21 million eggs thus far. The forecast is calling for a warming trend in the next few days so let’s hope this triggers another round of walleye spawning activity.
Ernest Uy rewarded with a big green female on cold day.
Sean Uy rewarded with a big green female on cold day.
Daryl Ridenour with a large male walleye.
April 7th, 2017
The walleye trap netting and egg collection efforts have commenced in the Big Dry Arm of Fort Peck Reservoir. It’s been a busy and productive week. We’ve managed to get our spawning barges, holding pens, and a good number of trap nets all set over the last few days. The first trap nets were actually checked on Wednesday and the results look promising so far.
Based on these first few days of collection, it appears we’re still a bit early. We’ve seen good numbers of male walleye and green female (not releasing eggs) walleye which is a typically pattern early on. Water surface temperatures earlier this week were around 46 degrees but have gradually warmed to around 52 degrees in some of the shallower trap netting areas as of today. With these warming temperatures, we’ve also managed to capture a few ripe (releasing eggs) female walleye.
Due to good number of ripe walleye collected over the last couple days, we managed to hold our first egg-take of the season today. A total of 24.5 quarts of walleye eggs were collected today which should give us a little over 6 million eggs. The weather looks still looks decent for tomorrow, but the forecast is calling for a cold front to move through the area Sunday. Hopefully this doesn’t throw too much of wrench into things.
Rich Hjort holding a green female walleye from a trap net.
Bill and Sandy Jensen getting ready to transfer a green female walleye to one of the holding pens.
Transporting a tank full of walleye to the spawning barge and holding pens.
Monthly Fishing Tips
Artificial Soft Tails...The New Normal for Walleye Fishing
By Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz
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