Once again Christmas is upon us. It seems the older I get the faster time goes. As the year comes to an end, I am reminded of the issues and concerns that Walleyes Unlimited has been involved with. The most recent, discovery of illegal planting of walleye in Swan Lake comes to mind. Our organization has long been adamantly opposed to illegal plating of fish, whether it be warm water or cold water species. We have also pledged $10,000.00 to aid in the prosecution and conviction of the individuals involved. The fishing community itself is made up of a very diverse group of people. Among our group are people from all walks of life. There is no discrimination as to age, gender, color, religion, political persuasion or station in life. You can invest as little or as much as you deem appropriate in this pursuit, and still enjoy the benefits it has to offer. Whether you are a dedicated fisherman in pursuit of walleye, norther pike, bass, catfish, trout or any other species, we are all bound together by a single thread running through our fishing community and that is our shared love of ‘going fishing’. While this great sport is enjoyed by such a large and diverse group of individuals, it’s future opportunities is dependent on these same individuals maintaining an equal degree of responsibility in regard to respecting other members of our fishing community who prefer to fish for a different species. It is important that all of us as members of the diverse fishing community refrain from promoting our preference of species by participating in illegal transplanting of fish, be it warm water or cold water species. There are procedures in place to provide input and direction in the managing of individual species. We have and will continue to participate vigorously in these legal avenues to enhance the habitat and fishing opportunities for walleyes in the state of Montana. Merry Christmas and may Santa Clause put a shiny new lure under the tree with your name on it! Roy Ereaux President
STATE FALL MEETING
2016 State Spring meeting is April 30th in Bozeman at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, contact Todd Mitchell 406-570-9121 for ticket reservations or other questions. A social meeting will be held on the evening of the 29th, location to be announced. A room reservation number will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
I am writing this article on Christmas Day and thinking about how our new year will be. What kind of issues will be facing us during the next year and into the Legislative Session of 2017. Just like the Boy Scouts we need to "be prepared".
Emergency rules have been adapted by the FWP Commission regarding the unauthorized introduction of Walleye into Swan Lake. In a nutshell, the rules require anyone who catches a Walleye in Swan Lake to immediately kill the fish, keep it in their possession, whole, and notify FWP of the catch, then turn the fish over to FWP. There are some pretty significant penalties for failure to comply, including the loss of license privileges. Walleyes Unlimited of Montana strongly opposes the unauthorized introduction of any species of fish into Montana waters. There are strong laws on the books to punish any offenders who do these introductions, as it should. As for the fisherman (woman) who catches a Walleye in this lake and fails to comply with the new rules the penalties begs discussion. As a Legislator, I once asked Chief Justice Gene Turnage what was the best thing I could do for our citizens. His answer: "Quit making criminals out of them". Civil penalties ?
Other issues will, possibly, be some of the following: The lack of a reasonable daily catch limit on Walleyes below Holter Dam. Funding for Aquatic Invasive Species (beware boat owners). Transportation of live fish in the Eastern Region of the State, " East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet", there is a difference, no cookie cutters. Hatchery funding and operation. Fishing access issues.
Another big one is the action taken by the Parks Commission to do away with Hell Creek State Park by 2021 if additional funding methods are not enacted. Our members need to get involved with this issue. I will keep on top of it also.
We will have a discussion on these issues at our Annual Meeting and go from there.
Have a safe winter and watch out for thin ice !
Catch ya later.
To: Regional Directors, Chapter Presidents and other information providers
At the October 2010 State meeting, the Board approved creating policy for all incoming information for our website and Fish Tales magazine. The goal of this policy is to improve and ensure that all information is equally distributed to all of our news media. In addition, the Board approved creating the Communications Director position to receive, document and route the information and develop goals for gathering information that would be of interest and benefit to our membership. Therefore, all information needs to be routed through this email address; firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not to say that you cannot send information directly to the Webmaster or Fish Tales Editor but does require that you also include this email address with your correspondence.Sincerely,
Mike Sedlock, Communications Director
PO Box 1293
East Helena, MT 59635
Phone: (C) 465-0031
2015 Nomination Forms
Club Forms and Applications
INFORMATION FOR FILING WUM ANNUAL TAX DOCUMENTS
TAX REPORT IS DUE BY MARCH 1ST
Highly recommend Emailing it so that you have a record of delivery,
the Email address is: email@example.com
Also recommend asking her to reply confirming that she received
it. Then make a note on your copy documenting her confirmation date.
For those persons not having internet service it can be mailed to;
741 3rd Avenue South
Glasgow, MT 59230
Attention: Doris Leader
If mailing, send it certified mail or confirmed mail delivery.
2016 Fishing Tournament Applications
Montana Walleye Circuit Tournament Applications
FRESNO CHALLENGE - Fresno - May 21-22
TIBER TOURNMANT - Lake Elwell - June 11-12
CANYON FERRY WALLEYE FESTIVAL - Canyon Ferry - June 25-26
FENWICK FALL CLASSIC TOURNMANT - Hell Creek or Crooked Creek - August 6-7
Fort Peck Challenge Tournament Applications
ROCK CREEK TOURNAMENT - Fort Peck - June 4-5
MONTANA GOVERNOR'S CUP WALLEYE TOURNAMENT - Fort Peck - July 7-9
HELL CREEK TOURNAMENT - Fort Peck - July 23-24
Other Tournament Applications
JERRY JOHNSTON MEMORIAL TOUGH GUY TOURNAMENT - Fort Peck - April 16th
BROADWATER ROD AND GUN CLUB WALLEYE DERBY - Canyon Ferry - July 16th
GLASGOW WOMENS TOURNAMENT - Fort Peck - July 30th
WALLEYES UNLIMITED OF MONTANA MISSION STATEMENT
Walleyes Unlimited of Montana (WUM) is the largest sport fishing organization in Montana with over 4,000 members. It was formed and incorporated in 1983 to inform and educate the public about the importance of warm water sport fishing in Montana and to support building and maintaining suitable warm water fish hatcheries and develop a hatchery program which can accommodate the needs of warm water fishing. Montana walleye sanctioned tournaments require that you be a member of WUM to fish these tournaments in order to collect prize money. WUM has no administrative authority for any tournament; they are administered by a separate board of directors.
The mission of WALLEYES UNLIMITED OF MONTANA is:
The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and/or scientific purposes or to foster national or international sports competition under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code.
Improve and conserve walleye and other warm water fish in suitable bodies of water:
Organize and educate fisherman to promote walleye and warm water fishing:
Develop and maintain forage fish programs in suitable bodies of water:
Support building and maintaining suitable warm water fish hatcheries and develop a hatchery program which can accommodate the needs of warm water fishing:
Support any worthwhile fishing, hunting, wildlife or recreational program organized for pleasure, or other non-profitable purpose:
Dedicate its members by social and educational means to the conservation and propagation of warm water fish; to support true sportsmanship in a lawful and legal manner among those who fish; to promote and encourage good fellowship among sportsmen; to encourage support of fish and game laws; to work for the respect and knowledge of the just rights of property owners’ and to work for, support and encourage a close, friendly relationship between property owners and sportsmen:
Dedicated to introducing youths to fishing; educate them to become ethical and responsible sportsmen that respect and conserve fish and wildlife, respect and preserve our public lands and public access and abide by fish and game laws and acknowledge the just rights of property owners.
Have a positive presence in our local Chapter communities through participation in worthwhile projects and activities.