Western Montana/Echo Lake Bassmasters
$25 per Team/Boat 80% payback
Limited to 15 teams per event. Pre-entries are accepted. At least one person per team must be a member of the Montana BASS Nation or Montana TBF to participate. All Bass must be released alive.
Tuesday Evening Series Sponsored by: Sportsman Ski Hause
May 13 Echo Lake, State Park - 6 PM-9:30 PM
June 10 Echo Lake, State Park - 6 PM-9:30 PM
July 8 Flathead River, Sportsman Bridge - 6 PM-9:30 PM
August 12 Flathead River, Sportsman Bridge - 6 PM-9:30 PM
September 9 Echo Lake, State Park - 5 PM-8:30 PM
Saturday Series Sponsored by: Snappy Sports Senter
May 31 Lake Mary Ronan, State Park - 6 AM-3 PM
June 21 Little Bitterroot Lake, North Launch - 6 AM-3PM
August 2 Mid & Lower Thompson, State Park - 6 AM-3PM
September 21 Echo Lake, State Park - 7 AM-4 PM
These tournaments are a Buddy Format and are scored on the best combined 5 Bass limit of the day or evening. Bass must be 12” or longer to be counted. Cash awards will be given for the best catch of the day and Big Bass of the event. All Bass are measured and released alive. (Thompson Lakes and Bitterroot Lake will be live weigh-in tournaments). One Big Bass per boat may be weighed to compete for Big Bass Pot. An aerated live well or cooler is required for weigh-in tournaments or to compete for big fish.
For more information call: Don Collins @ 406-261-3924 or don@MontanaEmuRanch.com
FLATHEAD COUNTY Associated Press POSTED: 11:39 AM Jun 26 2014
KALISPELL, Mont. - Kalispell-area kids who like to fish can help a wildlife rehabilitation center feed two recently rescued bald eagle chicks.
The chicks were brought to the Wild Wings Recovery Center after apparently falling out of their nest on the east shore of Whitefish Lake last week.
A young boy who attended a Father's Day weekend presentation about the center at a sporting goods store with a kids' fishing pond offered his catch that day to help feed the birds.
Wildlife biologist and center volunteer Doug MacCarter accepted. He then asked Snappy Sport Senter owner B.J. Lupton about developing a partnership between Wild Wings and Snappy's kids' fishing pond.
Starting this Saturday, young anglers will have the opportunity to donate the fish they catch to the recovery center.
Wild Wings Recovery Center
A pair of 5-week-old bald eagles are being cared for at the Wild Wings Recovery Center east of Kalispell.
Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:30 pm | Updated: 8:49 am, Thu Jun 26, 2014.
By LYNNETTE HINTZE/The Daily Inter Lake
Two bald eagle chicks rescued from the shore of Whitefish Lake during last week’s heavy rainfall are eating a lot of fish.
So many fish, in fact, that a volunteer at the Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center where the baby birds are being nurtured has come up with an innovative way to keep the center’s freezer stocked with trout.
Doug MacCarter, an educator, wildlife biologist and rehabilitation volunteer at Wild Wings near Kalispell, talked to Snappy Sport Senter owner BJ Lupton about developing a partnership with the children who fish at Snappy’s pond behind the store in Evergreen.
MacCarter got the idea following an educational presentation he and Wild Wings Director Beth Watne gave at Snappy’s during Father’s Day weekend. One child enthusiastically offered his catch of a half-dozen fish, wanting to help the injured birds.
Lupton embraced the idea, so starting this Saturday during the usual 8 to 10 a.m. session at Snappy’s fishing pond, young anglers will have the opportunity to donate their catch of the day to Wild Wings if they choose to participate in the volunteer effort.
“It’s a nice way to get kids involved in taking care of wildlife,” Lupton said.
The fish donation program falls in line with Snappy’s philosophy of caring for wildlife and the environment.
“We try to teach sportsmanship,” Lupton added.
He said the fishing in Snappy’s popular pond is “very easy” for the young anglers, who pull in rainbow and cutthroat trout ranging from 10 to 24 inches in length.
The program will continue indefinitely, with children able to donate fish for the Wild Wings birds at any of the Saturday sessions or other special events that involve the pond.
MacCarter said the two eagle chicks eat about a pound of fish each per day. He estimated the center will need about 100 pounds of fish over the next four to six weeks just for the two chicks.
The eagle chicks apparently fell out of their nest on the east shore of Whitefish Lake when the rain washed away the branches of the nest. A construction worker found the eaglets and called Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center.
The nonprofit center relies exclusively on donations of food and equipment that allow the rehabilitation of a wide variety of birds. Wild Wings receives more than 100 injured birds annually, including all species of raptors, waterfowl, waxwings, woodpeckers, robins and other small birds, plus small mammals.
Wild Wings also keeps 10 birds that are used in educational programs in the Flathead Valley.
Anyone interested in donating fish of any kind can contact Wild Wings by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Watne at 250-1070.
Features editor Lynnette Hintze may be reached at 758-4421 or by email at email@example.com.
Snappy's Fishing Report
Fishing Hotline: 756-BAIT (2248)
Lake Mary Ronan: Kokanee & Perch fishing well
Thompson Creek: Pike on smelt, fishing good. Few Kokanee on middle a bit up and down.
Thompson River: Salmon hatch over, still fishing well on smaller hatches a few smaller hoppers already.
Rogers Lake: Early morning, late evening (Para -Adams, small mayflies)
Ahsley & Bitterroot: Kokannee fishing fair.
Flathead Lake: Has been tough. Trolling & Jigging 80'+
New Tents in for the Camping season. The weather is changing . Let's get out and enjoy the Great Montana Outdoors.