ALL CHAPTER NEWS UPDATED ON 3/7/2016
Glasgow Chapter Chatter
Wow, another year has flown by! Sure hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and are having a great New Year so far. 2016 is already a busy one for our local chapter. We are busy planning for our Annual Banquet which will be held April 9 at the Valley Event Center in Glasgow. We will once again have our Vendor Day throughout the day from 9am-3pm with doors opening at 4:30 for our walleye/roast beef dinner along with games, raffles and prizes! Anybody wishing to buy tickets to our event can contact Ricci Olson 263-0240 or Jill Meiers 263-7553.
530 9th Street N
Glasgow, MT 59230
Plentywood Chapter Chatter
Hello from Plentywood! We are finally getting a chance to have a few more meetings and getting organized. We have set our banquet date for March 12, 2016 and are planning a circus theme. You are all invited to join us for some fun.
For the 2nd summer, we have sponsored swimming lessons in Medicine Lake, Plentywood and Scobey helping almost 200 kids learn the importance of water safety. We also had a BBQ in the park early this summer where we distributed 150 kids’ lifejackets. We had a great turn out and plan to do it again next year, for those who missed out.
Once again we will be hosting our kids fishing day, tentatively planned for February 14, 2016 and are looking forward to another busy day on the dam. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us in the NE Chapter!
414 Hoover Street
Plentywood, MT 59254-1721
Poplar Chapter Chatter
Mon-Dak Chapter Chatter
2502 3rd St. NW
Sidney, MT 59270
Wolf Point Chapter Chatter
931 5th Ave. N
Wolf Point, MT 59201
Crooked Creek Chapter Chatter
The Chapters annual 5th and 6th grade essay contest for this year is underway. Lewistown and all the surrounding schools, home schools, and Colony schools are eligible. The Chapter with cosponsors Sports Center, Lewistown Sports, Don's Store, Lewistown News-Argus, Taco Time and Ruby's 100% Montana Burgers. The big winner receives a $150 gift certificate to the sports store of his or her choice. Another approximately 20 entries receive a $75 gift certificate. All entries receive a gift certificate for a meal. The rules are simple. Write an essay of 150 to 250 words on your most memorable Outdoor experience. The winner and his/her parents are guest of the annual banquet and they will read the essay.
Our Annual banquet is February 20th at the Trade Center. Get your tickets early as on most years they sell out.
We are currently working with a Town Pump grant for the Adopt a Family program for Christmas.
Here's wishing everyone a great new year and hope the catch is on.
PO Box 3554
Lewistown, MT 59457
Jordan Chapter Chatter
It is a lot like winter here in Jordan finally. The lake is starting to put some ice on. We all hope you had a great holiday season. There is a few things coming up this spring. In April we have our banquet which is held on Friday April 15 at the VFW hall here in Jordan. The following day will be the tough guy tournament held at hell creek, contact Clyde Phipps 406-977-2200. If you have any questions please contact our secretary Bethany Ryan 406-939-0976
Malta Chapter Chatter
Greeting from Malta
Let me introduce myself. My name is John Demarais and I was elected president of the chapter after the resignation of our past president Jon Kautt.
I have been an avid fisherman my whole life. I retired from the City of Malta after 30 years, been a bow hunter education instructor for 22 years, been active in Boy Scouts for 25 years. I have been married to my wife Sherry 33 years and she is also active in the Malta chapter as secretary.
Nelson reservoir is going to be drawn down this year to work on the levy and the head gates. While this is being done the chapter will be working with FWP, State of Montana and Bureau of Reclamation to extend the ramp by the head gates. The plans have been engineered and approved. I will give a more detailed report in my next report.
The chapter has a website that is under construction I invite you to check it out the address is maltawalleyes.com There ice forming on Nelson last report I had was there is 4 to 6 inches of ice. If anyone is at Nelson I will be in a white ice house with the big black dots on it stop in for a fish story. Wishing everyone Happy New Year
PO Box 21
Malta, MT 59538
Billings Chapter Chatter
Happy New Year from the Billings Chapter!
The Billings Chapter had a fun filled 4th quarter. We had a great meeting in December. What a walleye feed and Christmas celebration. We rounded up a bunch of tackle boxes, fishing poles and stocking caps for the local Toys-for-Tots toy drive. And we have been talking about a few upcoming projects to sponsor.
We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2016! We will be at the Great Rockies Show in Billings on January 8th through the 10th. And if we miss your there, you can contact Bill Mitchell for tickets to our 23rd annual banquet. Our banquet will be on March 5th in Billings, and Bill can be contacted at 406-860-4313. Lastly, we are always looking for volunteers (with or without boats) for the Kids-N-Cowboys fish day at Tongue River Reservoir. That will be June 11th. Last year we took 19 families out on lake. What a great way to share our talents and equipment with families that just need a break. Children and cancer just shouldn’t go together.
Please be careful on the ice this winter. I’ve caught just as many walleye on twelve inches of ice than I have on ice less than twelve inches thick. If you wouldn’t be comfortable with your new truck where you are fishing, then seek thicker ice. Don’t risk it.
Here’s to a 2016 with full live wells!!!!!!M
Chris Ackerman – Chapter President
1550 Poly Drive
Billings, MT 59102
Glendive Chapter Chatter
Glendive MT, 59330
Miles City Chapter Chatter Hello to all our fellow chapters and members out there . We here in Miles City have found ourselves in between climates here in eastern Montana as the weather here will start to get cold enough that you start digging your ice fishing gear out only to have the temperature warm into the 40s and the rivers start clearing up from their ice flows . We were in the low teens for a week and then it warmed up so much that I started to hear reports that a few were braving the cool runs with their boats and returning with some nice fish from the Yellowstone . I ve even heard reports from Fort peck that ice fishing has begun in some of the bays on the west end by Devils Creek . I have found myself too heavy for thin ice and too soft to bare the long runs on the boat. We have held our last meeting and discussed this year's accomplishments and they were many including another great banquet , the collection of christmas trees for submerging in our lake for fish habitat , a well attended kids fishing day , the completion of a cement dam to be placed in the outward side of the lake flow to prevent unwanted species from entering the lake at high water , more pole fencing , the near completion of the interpretive education area , a great week at Hell Creek supporting the Warriors on the Water organization and our very first fishing tournament here on the Yellowstone River . None of this would have been possible without our great membership , sponsors , and the board itself To all you in the organization we hope you had a great holiday season and have a another great year .
PO Box 458
Miles City, MT 59301
Northern Wyoming Chapter Chatter
HELLO FROM NORTHERN WYOMING,
WE HAD A REALLY NICE SUMMER AND A MILD FALL. I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A NICE THANKSGIVING. ICE HAS FORMED ON THE TONGUE RIVER RESERVOIR. AS OF DECEMBER 6TH THERE WAS 4” OF GOOD HARD CLEAR ICE. CRAPPIES AR BEING CAUGHT AND A FEW WALLEYES ON THE SOUTH END. THE MARANA WILL BE SELLING MINNOWS ON THE WEEK ENDS! REMEMBER, YOU CANNOT TRANSPORT MINNOWS ACROSS THE STATE LINE. GARY MILLS AND THE TOWN OF STORY, WY. HAVE MADE ARRANGEMENTS TO COLLECT CHRISTMAS TREES IN A CUTTING AREA FOR OUR ANNUAL SINKING EVENT. WE WILL ALSO BE GETTING THEM FROM WAL-MART, QUIKSAK AND THE LAND FILL. THIS COMING SPRING WE ARE PLANNING ON PUTTING THEM IN LAKE HEALY NEAR BUFFALO. WE HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY AN EAGLE SCOUT TO INSTALL THE LAST LIFE JACKET STATION AT PEE WEE BOAT BOAT RAMP AT T.R. RESERVOIR. CLUB MEMBER AND ARCHITECT DICK KENT WILL BE DRAWING UP THE BLUE PRINTS. PARK MANAGER BOB PETERSON WILL BE SELECTING THE SITE AND TURNING THE PRINTS INTO THE STATE FOR APPROVAL. PLANS HAVE BEEN STARTED TO HAVE A YARD SALE IN THE SPRING TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR OUR SCHOLARSHIP FUND. WE WILL BE TAKING THE VETERANS OUT ICE FISHING SOMETIME IN JANUARY. HAVE A SAFE AND MERRY CHRISTMAS ALONG WITH A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Flathead Chapter Chatter
The Flathead Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited has been here in Kalispell since 1999, we are one of the 14 chapters affiliated with Walleyes Unlimited of Montana. Our state wide membership is over 4,000 members and growing. Each chapter is a nonprofit organization, our mission statement to promote local children's fishing and enhance warm water species. Our banquet each year sells out with all you can eat Walleye as the main course. We were able to host the State banquet two years ago and served 608 hungry folks.
The proceeds from our banquet mostly goes right back to the Flathead Valley. In the past 15 years we have purchased and given away over $40,000. worth of rods and reels to youth fishing, if your child or grandchild received a rod and reel at one of the family fishing derbies we probably gave it to them. some other projects we have contributed to are.
Murphy Lake ice fishing derby
Ryan Wagner ice derby
hooked on fishing not drugs
Snappy's family ice derby
the Perch Assault ice derbies
Camp Walleye (mentorship for youth of communities throughout state of Montana)
Local high school track and field teams
Flathead child Advocacy
The Fisher River fire department ice tourney
The Kalispell Lions family ice derby
The Canyon kids Christmas fishing derby
Pine Grove Pond- the largest public children's fishing area in the State.
We have also placed a dock at Smith lake and donated handicapped picnic tables.
This summer we worked with Region 1 Fish Wildlife and Parks and donated $12,000 to purchase two docks. One was installed at Blanchard Lake near Whitefish the other at Horseshoe by Bigfork.
We had the Docks engraved," donated by the Flathead Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited for the enjoyment of all fishermen".
Most of our members are involved in the State Walleye circuit and we travel to Eastern Mt. to compete. We are pretty competitive and have had a local team as anglers of the year a few times. Not bad for not having any Walleye around our area to practice on.
Speaking of that subject our name is from time to time associated with "bucket biology" which is the unauthorized planting of fish into an impoundment or stream. The men and women in our chapter are involved and donate their time to help better the angling opportunities, we buy fishing licenses, license our boats, recreation vehicles and trucks and are the last people that would take the law into our own hands. As a matter of fact, 6 years ago we offered $1000. reward for the arrest of anyone that was caught transporting and planting illegal fish. The State Walleyes are also offering a reward on top of ours.
There are other organizations out there that claim to be fishing clubs, most are really conservation groups that are self-serving and don't put anything back into our area. They are funded by national backing, affiliated with other conservation groups and their efforts are sometimes counterproductive to the sport by reducing opportunities for the average fisherman.
We want our next generation of anglers to be able to be able to have their rods bend with a fish on the other end. We really believe in getting them outdoors and enjoying the land we love. Maybe we can get them Hooked on fishing not drugs.
60 Pickwick Crt
Fresno Chapter Chatter
Happy New Year from the Fresno Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited. Not much for activities at this point in time, however, here are some dates to remember:
The Fresno Chapter 33nd Annual Banquet will be April 16th, 2016 at the Havre Ice Dome. Advance tickets will be available at Stromberg’s Sinclair, Havre Rental, Havre Ford and Ezzie’s Wholesale in Big Sandy.
Kid’s Fishing Tournament will be June 4th. Fresno Challenge is set for May 22nd – 23rd.
Banquet tickets will also be available at Bing & Bob’s and The Walleye Tavern. Tickets are $30.00 in advance or $35.00 at the door. Plan now to attend!
The Fresno Web cam is now operational, after being struck by lightning this summer.
The Fresno Chapter paid for the trucking to haul gravel onto numerous BOR roads around the lake. We also donated $3000.00 toward Kiehn’s Bay road improvements being done by the Hill County Conservation District.
Brian Olson is the new director of the Fresno Challenge. His contact information is: 406-390-2091, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other contact information:
President: Steve Chvilicek, 406-262-3199, email@example.com
President Elect: Nate Molstad, 406-230-0342, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Chuck Wimmer, 406-262-4332. email@example.com
Secretary: Dave Anderson, 406-262-4737, firstname.lastname@example.org
Webmaster: Cliff Plum, 406-262-3234, email@example.com
President: Steve Chvilicek
1260 Rd 425 S
Havre, MT 59501
Great Falls Chapter Chatter
Seasons Greetings from Great Falls Chapter! It's hard to believe Christmas is less than a week away, as I look out my window it's a Winter Wonderland out side. We did the Christmas Stroll this year and thanks to Bob and Katie Bahr,Monty Boone,Mike Brumble and my self included it was a huge success,lots of people in attendance , with the beautiful mild weather. everyone liked the new logo on the walleye trailer and many thanks go out to Dennis Signs for all of his help making it happen.We received a fair amount of cash donations from the event. Hot chocolate, Hot apple cider and Coffee was given out free of charge to those in attendance.Thanks to those that stopped and said hello and bought Gun and Boat tickets/Banquet tickets,good job Mike Brumble. As many of you know I stepped down as President of Great Falls Chapter as my term expired. I would like to congratulate Skip Peters for stepping up as our new President, best wishes go out to Skip and thank you and Lisa for all your hard work as Vice President. As newly elected President an election was held and the Vice President position remains unfilled, a new Secretary was elected and congratulations go out to Mich Ostertag and a big heartfelt thank you to Karlene Lindquist for being the Treasure during my tenure as President. Now going back to the Vacant Vice President position we need someone to step forward as Skip can't do this alone.The Annual Chapter Banquet is fast approaching, February 6th at the Expo Center (Four Seasons Arena). We need everyones help in selling Gun/Boat tickets. Tickets are available from Mike Brumble 965-2638 or Wallace Marine on 10th ave.at 453-9392. Banquet tickets are the same price as last year $35.00 per ticket. Also we need everyones help in collecting Cash and in kind donations, so please help us out. Questions or comments please contact Skip Peters at 750-2273 after 6pm or Bob Bahr at 750-8005. In closing I would like to thank everyone who helped out during my term as President. John M.Shilling Past President of Walleyes Unlimited Great Falls Chapter.
President: Skip Peters
21 Sun River Cascade Rd
Sun River, MT 59483
Gallatin / Madison Chapter Chatter
Greetings fellow Walleyes Enthusiasts from Southwestern Montana! We hope that the early winter months are treating you well. While the boats are put away for the winter, there’s still a lot going on in our area. Between efforts to work with Fish, Wildlife and Parks and regulation changes, to potential new habitat improvements, to State Meeting and Banquet planning, and our regular activities throughout the winter months, we continue with walleyes ever on our minds.
Over the past few months there has been a substantial push with the Fish Wildlife and Parks biologists and policy makers here the Southwest part of the State, particularly in Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Hauser Lake and Holter Lake. There have been a number of changes in the past to daily and possession limits on the lakes and rivers that we believe impact the quality of fishing for Walleyes. Our fellow members in the Upper Missouri River Chapter have taken the charge to the State in order to get our voice heard and make our opinions known to the decision makers. We’ve combined efforts to deliver hundreds of letters and comments to the FWP, attend public comment meetings as well as meeting directly with their scientists and administrators. While it has not gone as smoothly as it could, and our suggestions will not be incorporated into regulation changes this upcoming year, our collective voice is starting to be heard and we are hopeful that changes can be made in the future.
It’s interesting, and at times disheartening, to see and hear the differences in opinion between many at FWP and our membership. The most noticeable and blatantly obvious difference this year was our fishing experiences on Canyon Ferry Reservoir. So many members fishing all over the lake, using every technique they know, could pull little more than 10 to12 inch fish, seldom getting anything that would qualify in a tournament. Ask the FWP and it was often stated that “Fishing has been Great” based on the number of fish being caught on average every hour. Did you take your family out this year, your kids, grandkids, or friends and call your fishing experience great? We’re pushing to reinstate the slot limit on Canyon Ferry Reservoir in order to begin the cycle of producing more larger fish as we’ve seen in the past. The process will take time, but hopefully, we can change the perception of the decision makers in the fishing regulation process.
We are collecting Christmas trees and delivering them to Canyon Ferry Reservoir for our Pines for Perch project, creating habitats placed around the south end of the lake. As of last year, we have two locations to place the trees, one on the west side at the silos, and one on the east near Duck Creek. The second location on the east side of the lake reduces the flight time and cost to the Department of Natural Resources helicopter to lift and place trees in various locations. Our members will be tying the trees, in cooperation with the FWP, sometime in early March this year. This habitat project has proven to be successful as parch spawning and rearing grounds which provides feeder fish for the walleyes.
There are other potential projects that can provide additional spawning and rearing habitats that we’re following with the Upper Missouri River Chapter. We’re excited about the possibility of placing floating islands at strategic locations that can add cover for forage fish and hopefully increase the food supply in the lake. This project is early in the planning stages, but the FWP seems receptive to the idea of adding the islands. It will take a combination of funding sources in order to get this project off the ground, and we’re hopeful that we can identify grant, donations and other money that can assist when necessary in the future. We’ll update everyone as these projects continue to develop into the future.
Of course, we are also planning the State Meeting and Banquet to be held in Bozeman on April 29 and 30, 2016. We’ve booked the meeting and banquet spaces for the event, which was the easy part. Now we’re filling in all the details to make this a Premier State event for everyone who comes from across Montana. We’re excited to be hosting this year and look forward to having everyone in town for the event. This will be a great opportunity for members and families to travel to Bozeman to take in more than just the meetings and banquets. We’re planning additional activities for families with a Downtown tour and scavenger hunt, museum tour, and other activities for those not attending the meetings.
We need your help for part of the show at the Banquet! We’re looking for photos of projects, members, families, kids and their fishing experiences. We will have a video presentation rolling on two large screens in the fieldhouse to entertain everyone as we chat, give out awards, eat a great meal, and celebrate walleye and fishing in our State. It won’t be near as much fun if we keep showing the same few members photos and memories! Send us what you have and a description if necessary and we’ll get them added to the show. You can send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gallatin Madison Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited is now on Facebook! Like our page at: https://www.facebook.com/GallatinMadisonChapterWalleyesUnlimitedofMontana
Thanks everyone, and good luck fishing over the winter!
311 Stampmill Ln.
Townsend, MT 59644
Upper Missouri River Chapter Chatter
(Holiday Greetings Too All) As I wright this article, Mother Nature has been quite gracious in giving the Helena area some snow for Christmas! In fact we wound up with 14 inches of the white covering while it’s my understanding areas south of Helena received considerably more. Hopefully following the storm will be some temps aimed at producing hard water. The south end of Canyon Ferry had a nice start too some hard water fishing during the end of hunting season, as well as lake Helena. Then along came some really warm days and nights with ferocious winds putting an end to that. The Helena Valley Regulating Res. Remained frozen for some hard water salmon fishing. The warm temps did manage to entice me into dragging the boat to Holter Res. for a day of some fine fishing. The perch fishing was fantastic along with a few trout and one hungry eye. At the beginning of the day it was agreed upon no more than 15 perch a piece, which we did abide by. Those 15 perch provided my house hold with 3 fine meals I can’t imagine keeping the new limit of 50 fish.
The club held a nice Christmas Gathering at the VFW in East Helena, December 4, food was provided by Main Street Eats also located in East Helena. There were approximately 30 soles that showed up for a fine meal! It’s a nice way to say thank you to all the volunteers who help out with various event through the year! One of the smaller guess’s for the evening was Trevor Johnson’s daughter. I have a feeling this cute little gal is going to be quite the outdoor enthusiast. After the first of the year our Chapter will start preparing for our annual banquet to be held this year at the Gate Way Center on May 7 , MARK those calendar’s. The club has also been graciously donated a boat by Diane Larson. The boat is a 1978 Sea Ray 25ft I believe will a little elbow grease we can generate a little revenue on a raffle of some sort.
2940 Blue Cloud Road
Helena, MT 59601
Upper Yellowstone Chapter Chatter
Greetings from the Upper Yellowstone Chapter!
It was a very eventful 2015 here in the Upper Yellowstone Chapter of the Walleyes Unlimited. Back in April we learned that our President and Treasurer, Mitch and Heidi Reinertson were leaving us for a job (and fishing) opportunity in Minnesota. We were very sorry to see them leave, but hopeful for the the best in their future! Following their departure, the club elected a new President, Shane Pinson, and Treasurer, Becca Pinson. We are very fortunate to have their ambitious leadership to guide our club into the future! In May of 2015 we held our annual Kids Day at Dailey Lake. We enjoyed a beautiful day with over 150 fourth graders from Park and Sweet Grass Counties learning about aquatic insects, aquatic invasive species, noxious weeds, geology, and finally learning about walleye fishing from our dedicated members. It was incredible to watch how much the kids enjoyed spending time out on the water with our volunteer fishing guides from the Upper Yellowstone Chapter. Coming up on March 19th we will be hosting our banquet and Walleye fishing seminar at the Park County fairgrounds in Livingston. This year, we will be hosting a special guest that you won’t want to miss to educate and entertain us on this exciting day. World renowned Walleye fisherman, Keith Kavajecz, will be traveling out all the way from Wisconsin to present a fishing seminar during the day, followed by our banquet in the evening. This is sure to be an outstanding day, complete with an incredible Walleye fishing seminar, great food, countless prizes and auction items, and best of all outstanding company! If you are interested in attending, please contact Becca Pinson at email@example.com for tickets and additional information. We sincerely hope to see you all there!
729 N 12th Sreet
Livingston, MT 59047