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Great Falls – Spring 2021

Well it looks like things are looking up around the state and a sense of normalization is in the near future. However it comes a little late for the Great Falls Chapter since we had to cancel our annual fund raising banquet. As always the outstanding membership of the chapter pivoted and proceeded to mobilize their efforts into a gun raffle. Members and area businesses sold a record number of tickets which will pull us through 2021. The chapter tightened their belt during our recent budget meeting but we still are capable of funding some projects and events.

We are currently awaiting word from FWP to find out if their annual kid’s day event will take place in the beginning of June. This is a large event that we partner with and attracts about 700 hundred children and their parents.

The Tiber Tournament is a go in July with Ray Cole at the helm again this year.

Our Family Fun Days will also be in July this year and will be complete with the long awaited women’s tournament as part of it.

Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs will be holding Camp Walleye at Tiber in August. With all the unknowns and lack of fund raisers this year, the camp will be a one day event like last August. Pat and Jenn Volkmar are the best at adapting to situations and this is no exception. 21st year for the camp!

As long as we continue in the direction the state is currently going we should get a lot done this year. Since walleye fishermen are naturally good at social distancing I don’t expect any spikes among us. J

Please stay safe on the water this year and get a non fisherperson out with you!

Robbi – President

Warriors On The Water – Spring 2021

Montana Warriors on the Water is excited to bring veterans to Fort Peck Lake again this summer!!Having cancelled our trip last year, we selected 14 veterans from those who applied last year to attend this year’s week long, all-expense paid fishing trip.Every veteran we have contacted is very excited about coming to eastern Montana, catching big fish, and making new friends!! Again, we plan to stay at the Hell Creek Marina thanks to the Thomas’s. We will be based out of Hell Creek State Park from July 19-23.We appreciate all the volunteer boat captains for sharing your time, expertise, and equipment. So many of you have helped make a difference by providing opportunities for veterans to catch large walleye, northern pike, lake trout, salmon, and don’t forget, BIG small mouth bass!! Food at Hell Creek has never been in short supply and we thank Reid and Bethany Ryan of the Jordan WU Chapter for helping us again this year. While we have a few details to work out on the food, we plan to stop for lunch at the Hell Creek Bar prepared by Tammy Dodd and her crew before heading to the Lake. We, again, look forward to steaks grilled and provided by the Garfield County Bank, spaghetti dinner provided by the Lucky Charms (Garfield County women’s group), and breakfasts prepared and provided by Karmie Lockie and her crew. Sandy Gibson of Sand Springs, has also shared her delicious, “can’t each just one”, caramel rolls!!We thank all of you for providing delicious salads, desserts, bbq brisket (Thank you RZ Metal Worx of Miles City!), and your help with lunches and Thursday evening’s fish fry!!We could not do what we do for veterans without your help!After our time at Hell Creek, we plan to boat our veterans across the lake for a long range rifle shoot hosted by Jeron Weson with help from Pat Sinclair. While at the shooting range, a delicious lunch is provided by Brian Austin of Auzzy’s Cook Shack, including ice cream for all the veterans!! To finish out our week long trip, Scott and Jessica Collinsworth, owners of the Fort Peck Marina have graciously offered their Marina to serve as our base of operations again for more fishing and hosting our benefit concert and auction fundraisers! On Friday evening, we look forward to perfectly grilled steaks by Gary Maczka and crew,provided by the Glasgow WU Chapter. On Saturday morning, the Glasgow High School student council will again prepare breakfast at the Marina for all the veterans and volunteers. Each year this group of students with leadership from Rod Karst have been exceptional in supporting veterans through their deliberate fundraising, and by, themselves, cooking and providing breakfast for our veterans!The Glasgow and Fort Peck area can be very proud of their sons and daughters!And, finally, Saturday, volunteer boat captains will again take all the veterans fishing with the possibility of catching large lake trout and salmon, in addition to walleye and northern pike! The Cottonwood Inn will again provide dinner for the veterans Saturday evening and also dinner for purchase to the public while attending the concert and fundraiser auctions at the Marina!We hope you all save the date, Saturday, July 24thto come to the Fort Peck Marina, meet the veterans, and help us continue giving back to our veterans! We will have music, raffles, and both silent and live auctions. We promise to have more music for all to enjoy! The camaraderie and friendly competition, both in the shooting and fishing, will be recognized at the concert and fundraiser!!Those who have already purchased gun raffle tickets, you will be glad to know,we will be drawing those winners on July 24thafter the auction.If you are wanting to purchase raffle tickets, please contact any director with MWOTW or email us at warriors@montanawarriorsonthewater.com, and we will be sure to get you some! We plan to have some exceptional auction items this year, so come ready to “win”!!We thank and appreciate everyone’s support over the last year and this year, especially those that held fundraising events like the 4thof July Poker Run held at the Rock Creek Marina and the donation from the Wolf Point WU Chapter; and from those who donated part,if not all,of their stimulus checks, and the unsolicited donations from those who haven’t forgotten what our Nation’s veterans have done for us all. We thank all of you for your continued support and generosity!! Every donation makes a difference, and we couldn’t do this without you!With July fast approaching, we are looking for help. If you are interested in helping with food or as a boat captain, please contact us at warriors@montanawarriorsonthewater.com. We are also looking for a crew bus driver and possibly two people and an additional van or like vehicle to assist in shuttling veterans to and from Fort Peck Marina to Glasgow on Saturday evening (July 24) and possibly to the Billings airport on Sunday(July 25). Your help is appreciated!Again, we look forward to seeing everyone at Fort Peck Lake and in our communities supporting our veterans….”giving back to those who gave so much”. See you in July!!Fish on!!

Glendive – Spring 2021

I hope everyone had a good winter on the hard water, I was able to make several ice fishing trips with varying success but always had a blast getting out there. The weather is finally getting nicer and, with the ice melting away, it’s finally time again to get those boats ready again!  

It was another quiet fall/winter for the Glendive Chapter , unfortunately many activities we usually enjoy continued to be postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic. The beginning of the year continued to be challenging and we once again were unable to host our Annual Banquet. On the plus side, we got the “thumbs up” from FWP to hold the Kid’s Fishing Day this year! We haven’t forgot about last year’s class either, FWP approved an additional day so the kids that missed out last year will finally get their fishing day, even if it’s a year late.  The Hollecker lake aerator was finished last fall and was in operation this winter. Hopefully the new aeration system helps with the winter kill and contributes to a more sustainable fishery. Our local FWP biologist assured us we will be getting walleye stocked in the dam this spring so stay tuned for updates on that! The next project this spring is to get some gravel down to our local boat ramp and get it ready for the year, we should have the parking lot smoothed out and holes filled in soon. As I mentioned,  the banquet was postponed again this year but we will be mailing out membership forms to all our members and encourage everyone to renew their memberships this year. Your continual support helps us with local projects to improve fishing access, local fishing spots and host fishing days for our kids!

I’m really looking forward to finally getting back to our usual routine and, with any luck, the third time will be the charm hosting a banquet in 2022!

Have a Great Summer,

Brian McDanold – Glendive Chapter President

Flathead Chapter – Spring 2021

We have been active this Winter in spite of Covid. We handed out over 400 rod reel combos to youngsters that fished in 5 local ice fishing tourneys, and another 3-400 at the Expo Sports show at the fairgrounds in Kalispell. Chapter member and past president Joe Rudolph and his son Alex came up with a great fundraiser in leu of us having a banquet. Alec owns Santas choice Charters in Alaska and Joe owns a rental house near the wharf. They put together a package that was a fishing trip with Alec and lodging by Joe for a weekend, the winners only have to arrange airfare. We sold the 500 tickets in no time and the winner was drawn at the Expo show. I do not have her name at present but a happy young lady was the winner. Stay tuned, it was very successful and next year we may sell more tickets and advertise through Fish Tales so the whole state has a chance.We also had president Pete Jellar work on getting $100,000 grant for improvements at Church Slough fishing access in the valley, we have sent the information to State Walleyes to make sure protocol is followed and we are hoping everything works out smoothly.We are in the process of locking in next years banquet sometime in March.Warren Elli another of our members is working with Dale Gilbert to get into legislation a bill that would require the FWP to manage ALL  species including Warm Water. They will need our  members from all over the state to contact local representatives and let them know how we feel. This is one of the most important bills we have been apart of since the approval of the hatchery at Fort Peck- please have a voice!Many members competed in the Perch Assaults’ ice fishing series, one of the largest and longest running in the state, we had participants from 4 states and all over Montana. If you enjoy ice fishing you may want to check it out for next year, great sponsors and very well run.After 42 years in the car and boat business I am fading into the sunset, hope to be spending more time in a boat during the hot bite and prefishing the Walley circuit. See you on the water! 

Mark Weed

Billings Chapter Chatter for April 2021

Greetings once again from the Billings Chapter and as I write this we are just a few days from Spring. Many of us are waiting for the ice off and thinking about the fishing days ahead.

Once again, the Billings Chapter will not have a banquet in 2021. Since we will not have a banquet for our major fundraiser, we have decided to have a raffle for a Buffalo Hunt. We are printing tickets soon. We will be selling 5,000 tickets at $10 a ticket. The hunt will take place this December and the winning ticket will be drawn on October 16, 2021. The winner will shoot a bull buffalo on a ranch southeast of Billings.

The winning ticket also includes skinning and quarter, European skull mount, and $500 toward basic processing.

We have received approval from the Montana Gaming Commission to sell our tickets online via our facebook page (Billings Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited@facebook.com).

By the time this article is published , we will have tickets available. Contact Connie Nance @ 406-850-8248 or nanceconnief@gmail.com, Bob Klein 406-860-9192 or rr8klein@gmail.com for information or tickets.

Have a great spring and soon the Walleyes will be bugling. Take care and be safe. Get the covid vaccine.

Set the hook!! – Bob Klein, President

Fresno Chapter – Spring 2021

Hello to everyone from the Fresno Chapter. As I type this letter after looking at the Fresno Reservoir web cam, the ice is starting to break up around the reservoir. I assume by the time you read this we should be full swing in open water season. We recently completed our sixth consecutive year of our Christmas Tree habitat project. I want to give a special thanks to the volunteers that make that project operate so smoothly. This year we disbursed the most Christmas Trees in that six year history. We hope that will give the reservoir a much needed boost as it rebounds from the current low water environment due to the failure of the St Mary Diversion. I am hearing reports that the water situation is fairly positive above Fresno and increased water releases will be headed our way soon. We have begun preparations for the Fresno Challenge Walleye Tournament that is schedule for June 11, 12, and 13. We’re hopeful that reservoir levels will be much improved by that time.

From all of us at the Fresno Chapter, we hope you get outdoors and enjoy the upcoming spring.

Nate Molstad – President, Fresno Chapter

Northeast (Plentywood) Chapter Chatter – Spring 2021

Spring is upon us and we are excited to get out the boats and campers and shake off the pandemic of 2020! We decided to skip this year’s banquet and focus on the many projects we have planned for the year.

The new boat ramp at Bolster Dam was completed last summer and was a welcomed addition for boaters. Our Walleyes chapter donated to the local food bank, our local Angel Tree project to help assist with utility expenses during the cold winter months, and the Culbertson fishing pond/walking trail project “Ike’s Fishing Pond”. We also donated and distributed more picnic tables around the area and are looking into improving the boat ramp for the Raymond dam.

Finally, we hosted another successful (unless you count catching fish) Kid’s fishing day on January 31st, 2021 with many in attendance (pictures are from this event). Much fun was had by all, lots of sledding, hot chocolate, and hot dogs

2021 Spring State Meeting

This is the location of the Spring State Meeting on 24 April 2021. 
There is a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn, 1100 5th St South, Great Falls, Mt.  Call 406-727-7200 to reserve your room.

Please reserve a room as quickly as possible on the night of 23 April since the Gun and Antique Show is the same weekend.
More details to follow, please RSVP Robbi as soon as possible so we get a good feeling for how much food will be needed for the Friday night social and Saturday morning breakfast.Please email your reply to; somwill99@hotmail.com……………406-590-6565
Schedule for the weekend…………..
Friday Social—-6-9pm Saturday Breakfast 7amSaturday Meeting 8am until complete Saturday Lunch  11:30

Only 9 rooms have been reserved.  Only 2 more days to reserve a room under the Walleyes Unlimited block of rooms.  I know more than that will be here……..don’t delay, make your reservations.

I also haven’t heard from enough people to know how much food to plan on.

Robbi

GF Chapter


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