Spring Spawn has Sprung!

[04.17.2017]

Fort Peck has begun this years Spring Spawn and sampling. Canyon Ferry will be posting soon! Click on WalleyeNews/Spawning for all the latest info!

April 13th

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.

Photo:
Chase Sanderson with big female walleye!
Charles Durbin wrangling a large northern pike!
Ricci Olson with a great walleye on a breezy day!



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.

Announcements

[04.17.2017]

APRIL 24, 6:30 p.m., MONTNA WILD, 2668 BROADWATER AVE, UPPER MISSOURI RIVER MANAGEMENT PLAN AND UPDATES (FISH NETTING SURVEYS)

MAY 4, 8:00 a.m. TO 5:00 p.m., MONTANA WILD, 2668 BROADWATER AVE, COMMISSION MEETING, THIS MEETING INCLUDES THE QUIET WATERS DECISION. IT WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE A GOOD REPRESENTATION AT THIS MEETING. THE COMMISSION IS LOOKING AT CLOSING MANY RIVERS THROUGHOUT MONTANA TO MANY VARIETIES OF WATERCRAFT. PLEASE CALL JIM GILLESPIE, 431-7187 OR PATTI BUCKINGHAM, 459-9004 FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONCERNS THIS REPRESENTS.

RAFFLE TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE, CALL PATTI BUCKINGHAM, 431-9004. ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE TO GET THESE TICKETS TO YOU. THIS IS OUR BIG MONEY MAKER THIS YEAR FOLKS, SO LET’S SELL A LOT OF TICKETS. WE HAVE SOME GREAT ITEMS IN THIS RAFFLE.

JULY 28-29, DON’T FORGET THE “FAMILY FUN EVENT” JULY 28-29 AT HELLGATE CAMPING AREA. THERE ARE DINNER TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT AS WELL. THERE ARE LIMITED SPACES FOR CAMPERS CLOSE TO THE PAVILION WE ARE LOCATED AT, SO GET RESERVATIONS SOON. THERE ARE CAMPING SPOTS IN THE REST OF HELLGATE CAMPING AREA, JUST NOT AS CLOSE.

SO, LOTS OF THINGS IN THE WORKS, STAY IN CONTACT, GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS YEARS RAFFLE, FAMILY FUN EVENT AND FOR THE BBQ PIG DINNER AND CAMPING AT HELLGATE. THE RAFFLE WILL BE PART OF THE EVENTS ON JULY 29TH.

2017 Walleye Banquets

[03.29.2017]

Below are the received official 2017 Walleye Unlimited of Montana chapter banquets. If you have changes or need this infomration updated please send your updates to Walleyes Unlimited Webmaster

Fresno - April 22nd
5:00pm Havre Ice Dome
Nate Molstad 230-0342

Miles City - April 29th
Exhibition Hall, Custer County Fairgrounds - 5:00PM
Duncan Bartholomew, 951-2633

Upper Missouri - Family Fun days
Camping, Pig Roast, Raffle - HellGate
July 28-29
Jim Gillespie 406-431-7187

2017 Montana Walleye Tournaments

[03.09.2017]

MONTANA WALLEYE CIRCUIT
TIBER TOURNAMENT
May 20-21 (Sat & Sun)
Lake Elwell near Chester, MT
Maximum 100 – person teams
Entry Fee - $260 per Team
TIBER APPLICATION 2017

FRESNO CHALLENGE
June 10-11, 2017 (Sat & Sun)
Fresno Lake
Maximum 100 – person teams
Entry Fee - $300 per Team
FRESNO APPLICATION 2017

CANYON FERRY WALLEYE FESTIVAL
JUNE 24-25, 2017 (Sat & Sun)
Canyon Ferry Lake – Silos
Maximum 150 – 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $260 per Team
CANYON FERRY APPLICATION 2017

CROOKED CREEK WALLEYE CLASSIC
MAY 6-7, 2017 (Sat & Sun)
Fort Peck Lake – Crooked Creek Marina
Maximum 75 – person teams
Entry Fee - $200 per Team
CROOKED CREEK APPLICATION 2017



FORT PECK WALLEYE CIRCUIT
ROCK CREEK TOURNAMENT
JUNE 3-4 2017 (Sat & Sun)
Fort Peck Reservoir
Maximum 125 - 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $200 per Team
ROCK CREEK APPLICATION 2017

MONTANA GOVERNORS CUP
Tournament July 6-8, 2017
Fort Peck, Montana
Maximum 200 - 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $300 per Team
MT GOV CUP APPLICATION 2017

HELL CREEK TOURNAMENT
JULY 22-24 2017 (Sat & Sun)
Rules meeting July 21st – 7:00PM
Fort Peck Reservoir
Maximum 100 - 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $200 per Team
HELL CREEK APPLICATION 2017
HELL CREEK BOUNDRY MAP



OTHER MONTANA WALLEYE TOURNAMENTS
TOUGH GUY TOURNAMENT
April 22nd 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Applications dues by 7:00pm April 21st
Hell Creek
Entry Fee - $80 per Team
TOUGH GUY APPLICATION 2017

BROADWATER ROD AND GUN CLUB
July 15th
Canyon Ferry Reservior
$80/Team
BROADWATER ROD AND GUN CLUB 2017

GLASGOW WOMENTS TOURNAMENT
July 29th
Fort Peck Reservior
$80/Team
GLASGOW WOMENS APPLICATION 2017

JOHN ARNOLD DERBY
August 26th
Hauser Lake
$40/Team
JOHN ARNOLD APPLICATION 2017

2017 Montana Legislative sessions

[01.23.2017]

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.