Jay Evans donated a bass fishing trip to Bitterroot Trout Unlimited. Doug Nation and Jack Mauer “bit” on the trip. Jay, Doug and Jack fished the Noxon Reservoir on the Clark Fork River in early May of this year. The water temperatures were in the mid 50 degree range and the water was clear (no big run-off yet). Both smallmouth and largemouth bass were well into the pre-spawn stage. A few weeks earlier Jay and a friend caught about 40 bass staging on main lake points (mostly 2-3 lb males, both small and large mouth) and saw a few big females starting to move up shallow (4-5 lb smallmouth and a 6 lb largemouth). The larger fish were very spooky and would not bite and according to Jay this is often the case when they first come up to the shallows.
Jay also spotted a couple areas with a bunch of 15-25 lb pike. It would be fun to fish for them with a fly rod! But that didn’t happen on this trip.
Missoula, MT – Come join Montana Trout Unlimited at their new office!
What: A reception at Trout Unlimited’s new office
When: Friday May 14th from 4-6 p.m.
Where: 111 N. Higgins (Florence Building) Suite 500 (5th Floor)
Refreshments and appetizers will be served.
Kate Grant – 406-543-0054
Montana Council of Trout Unlimited
PO Box 7186
Missoula, MT 59807
We need your help again for the 4th class!
Not a tier? No worries!
We can use your help with the many administrative tasks
that keep the class running smoothly!
Tuesday, 3/16, 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the Westview School gymnasium located at 9th and Main in Hamilton. Enter through the east doors facing 9th St.
Beginners Pattern: Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear
Advanced Pattern: Bugmeister
Speaker: Chuck Stranahan – Flyfishing Etiquette, Stewardship
Don’t forget to pick up a raffle ticket each night you help – there will be a drawing for volunteers in April for a framed Monte Dolak print valued at over $300. The more you attend, the better your chances!
Attention Hamilton kids!
We’ll be judging flies each night for those students choosing to enter. Be sure to pick up a judging criteria sheet when you arrive.
Call Jeff at Western Flies and Guides (406) 363-9099
Ria of the Keystone Discovery Enrichment Program (406) 363-5996 or
Greg Chester of BRTU (406) 363-0033
Thanks in advance for your valued assistance – for more information about the sponsors, visit:
See the slideshow below of photos taken by Greg Chester. If you see yourself in a photo, leave a comment. If you want to see yourself in a photo, come on down!
Join Clark Fork Coalition and
Montana Trout Unlimited
for the 3rd Annual ‘Guiding Without the Dam’
FWP biologists will describe the state of the fishery at the 2nd anniversary of the removal of Milltown Dam, with special focus on the upper Clark Fork and Flint-Rock drainages, as well as the Clark Fork-Blackfoot confluence.
- WHEN: Wed. March 10, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
- WHERE: CFC office, 140 S 4th W.
- FOOD/BEV: Pizza and Beer
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org – Call 542.0539 with questions
140 S 4th Street West
Missoula, MT 59801-2703
In the meantime, help improve the fishery by weighing in on bull trout habitat today! As Montana’s largest native trout and our primary indicator of watershed health, it’s important to safeguard the rivers, lakes, and streams that bull trout call home. Help us make sure the USFWS proposed critical habitat for bull trout is clean, cool, and connected.
SUBMIT COMMENTS today, and ask to include critical habitat for bull trout in the upper river.
The Feb 18 BRTU meeting will feature Montana TU Executive Director Bruce Farling. Bruce will be giving a slide presentaion on the subject of:
BEYOND HABITAT: Saving trout from the Bighorn to the Flathead in Montana.
The meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State Street, Hamilton and is open to the public.
Contact BRTU President Bill Bean for additional information call Bitterroot Trout Unlimited President, Bill Bean at (406) 363-6158, or email Bill at email@example.com
Please feel free to post or forward to anyone you think might be interested.
203 State Street
Hamilton, MT 59840-2522
February 23 – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Bitterroot Public Library.
Turning Blue into Green: An Introduction to the Montana Water Market
by Chris Corbin with Lotic Water Marketing.
Flow Restoration in MT: Water Right Leasing, Source Switching & Irrigation Efficiency
by Rankin Holmes with Montana Water Trust.
With funding from MT DEQ, BRWF is hosting two speakers on water marketing and flow restoration in Montana. A question and answer discussion will follow the presentation. The presentation is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
306 State Street
Hamilton, MT 59840-2759
For more information, contact:
Laurie Riley, Executive Director
Bitter Root Water Forum
PO Box 1247
Hamilton, Montana 59840