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If you haven't already shipped in your applications for special deer and elk permits or antelope hunting licenses, remember that the deadline of June 1 is fast approaching.
Cool, wet weather has kept most fishermen off the water over the past week. But given some sun and warm days, lakes appear to be primed for good fishing.
If you're headed to the Bighorn River at Fort Smith for a Memorial Day weekend of fishing, get ready for some quick floats. Flows are rising once again in the blue-ribbon trout water.
The paddlefish harvest season on the lower Missouri and Yellowstone rivers of Montana, including Intake Fishing Access site below Glendive, will close at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 26.
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the time to head to Tongue River Reservoir to get in on the big crappie bite. But, the bite has been developing slowly this year, according to Bob Peterson, Tongue River Reservoir State Park manager.
With rains falling and snow hitting the high country, flows through Yellowtail Dam for the Bighorn River are rising again.
John Daggett, operations project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Peck Reservoir, said the lake level is inching closer to making the boat ramp at Crooked Creek usable.
The good spring fishing for rivers and streams is going the way of high, muddy flows as warm days are sparking snowmelt in the mountains.
Ron Selden, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks information officer in Glasgow, reported on rather complicated wildlife bust in southern Phillips County that resulted in $50,000 in fines and restitution against members of a Minnesota family for illegal baiting of big game animals, hunting with…
Got an e-mail today from Bernie Hildebrand, who guides out of Hell Creek, that the bite has begun to turn on for anglers on the west end of Fort Peck Reservoir.
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission agreed to close the 2010 paddlefish harvest season on the Upper Missouri River section from Fort Benton to Fort Peck Dam at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, 2010.
The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, at Hayward, Wis., has verified that Ivan Keeney's 29.7-pound northern pike is the North American record in the fly-fishing category for 15-pound test line.
This is just in from Warren Mischke, information officer for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department at Sheridan:
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department announced Friday that the state's 2010 paddlefish snagging season on the Missouri River will be closed to any additional harvest effective at 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Saturday, May 15, to protect the paddlefish population.
Two more upward bumps in flows on the Bighorn River below Yellowtail Dam have been announced by the Bureau of Reclamation.
With high flows on the Missouri River, anglers are snagging paddlefish above and below the Fred Robinson Bridge, north of Grass Range. Among the successful snaggers were Frankie and Glenn Siroky, of Roy.
Bighorn River flows are going up one more time.
Rainbow trout continue to bite well on the rivers and reservoirs of Montana. How long will the good fishing remain? It’s all a matter of weather.
John Novotny passed this item along which he received in a mailing from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. According to the RMEF, here are 10 things to know about elk antlers.
Flows down the Bighorn River in Montana are rising again as spring rains and snows are improving the projected water situation of Wyoming and flows from upriver dams are on the rise.
Big Bear Sports Center will be holding a "Sportsmen Organization Awareness Day" at its store at 2618 King Ave. in Billings from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. It's a great opportunity to see what outdoor sportsmen are doing to help their particular sports.
The Saco Shootist Society is planning two cowboy shoots. The first is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, and the second is June 12-13. Both shoots are at the Saco Range and start at 10 a.m.
Art Adame and Larry Green show off part of their championship stringer in winning the Yellowstone Catfish Challenge over the weekend. The pair weighed in 30.45 pounds to win their second challenge in a row on the Yellowstone River.
The Colorado Department of Wildlife provides some good information on Hunting High Altitudes as part of its Elk Hunting University course on the Internet.
This is a very strange deal. Faced with a decision in March on the 10-year fisheries management plan for walleyes in Canyon Ferry Reservoir, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission asked FWP fisheries personnel to gather more public comment to see what fishermen preferred.
Wind, wind and more wind is plaguing anglers as they have tried to test the waters around Montana in the past week.
Whew! What a windy day it was across Montana. How windy was it? Well…..
A 16-year-old angler from Rapid City, S.D., caught the new North Dakota record paddlefish Sunday while fishing near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers.
One of the really good things about being an outdoor writer is that you get to tag along with some really good hunters and fishermen, learn from them and write about what they do.
John Fraley, information officer for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Kalispell, tells the story of a fairytale-like fishing adventure for a local angler who wanted to learn fly fishing.
If you’re interested in birds, you can learn a lot about them at the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology website at www.birds.cornell.edu, including hearing their songs.
The Mother’s Day caddis hatch has begun on the Yellowstone River in the Livingston area, but it will be up to the weather and water conditions to determine how good the fishing might be.
Here's a story from Idaho Fish and Game about how a trail camera found at an illegal bear bait led to the discovery of multiple violations against two Oregon men:
The Colorado Division of Wildlife has released a new video called "Mountain Lion Safety." With more and more lion sightings in the state, the video aims to educate residents and visitors about how to be safe in mountain lion country.
It’s getting to be the time of year to step carefully when you wade a trout stream. Keep your eyes open and take a minute to scan the gravel before you wade through shallow riffles.
It’s time to do some praying for gentle breezes, bright sun and a steady rise in water temperatures on Montana’s lakes and reservoirs.
A long stretch of beautiful spring weather is helping Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks personnel and volunteers to a very successful walleye netting operation on Canyon Ferry Reservoir. And, they're seeing some great fish.
Remember back in the 1990s when the wolf advocates were saying that there was plenty of room in Yellowstone National Park for wolves to roam around. We'd just have wolves in the park. Wasn't that a hoot? Anyone who had looked even casually into the life history of wolves knew they'd wan…
This just came in from Ron Selden, information officer for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks at Glasgow:
Ice is off most reservoirs across Montana, and rivers are running low and relatively clear and are inviting trout fishermen on their first trips of spring.
Channel catfish anglers have been having some great luck lately while fishing the waters of the lower Yellowstone and Missouri rivers.
It's official. Fort Peck Reservoir is free of its coating of winter ice.
It’s that time of year when you never really know what the weather is going to throw at you, even if you do study the weather forecasts before you go.
This just came in from Mel Frost, information officer for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks at Bozeman. It looks like the new vandalism law is working well to let vandals know their actions won't go unpunished.
Rusty Clave sent an e-mail and photos that he took Sunday at the Crooked Creek boat ramp at the far western end of Fort Peck Reservoir.
If you're planning on heading to Alaska to do some fishing (or plan to pack your waders along on a hunting trip), you need to be aware that the the Alaska Board of Fisheries voted unanimously Friday to ban felt-soled waders in the state.
A new plan being developed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will put large satellite dishes at each camp pad in the state park system in Eastern Montana as part of a federal stimulus funding project for the agency.
Catfish have been biting in the Yellowstone River from Billings downriver. Jim Pickens e-mailed this picture of his nephew Cory Pickens and Cory's son Sutton with some really nice catfish they caught last weekend using cut bait.
This is just in from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks:
Ice still rules on most reservoirs across Montana, but there are a couple of opportunities for anglers to launch a boat and do some fishing.