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Central Montana Fishing Guide

Saturday, april 1, 2017

The Ole Mercantile

7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Beginning mid-April

406-428-2366

44151 US Hwy 87S

Grass Range, MT 59032

Bait ~ Beer ~ Snacks

Ice Cream ~ Coffee

Montana Made Gifts

MontanaWild Rags

Marine Motor Oil

Mountain Acres

Mobile Home & RV Park

406-538-7591 • 1-800-566-2007

Single & Double Wide Lots

Quiet Area

Playground & Hospitality Room

Close to Spring Creek,

Downtown & Fairgrounds

3 Sizes of Storage Units

Full Hook-Ups

Picnic Tables

Tent Area

Dump Stations

Laundry & Shower Facilities

WiFi • Large Groups Welcome

103 Rockyln Ave. • On Highway 191 North

Lewistown, Montana 59457

Local Trout Unlimited

chapter making

positive impact in

Central Montana

Submitted by Snowy Mtn. Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The mission of Trout Unlimited (TU) is to conserve, protect

and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their water-

sheds. TU relies on volunteers to accomplish most of its activities

and projects. The Snowy Mountain Chapter of TU (Chapter),

headquartered in Lewistown, serves most of central and north-

eastern Montana.

Machler Big Spring Creek Restoration Project

Recently, the Chapter completed one of its most ambitious

projects ever by assisting with the restoration of a portion of Big

Spring Creek immediately downstream (west) of the US 191

bridge. The Chapter raised almost $25,000 to help fund this

project. A special thanks goes out to the individuals and busi-

nesses who generously contributed. The Chapter also cut over

14,000 willows that were planted to stabilize the new stream

banks.

Other Projects

The Chapter has initiated a new program to reduce the

adverse impact of noxious weeds along Spring Creek by increas-

ing awareness and conducting work projects to remove weeds in

areas where spraying is not possible. We will be making an effort

to partner with the Fergus County Weed District, landowners,

Lewistown Junior High students, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and

Parks (FWP), and others. Additional local projects include: an

annual trash clean-up on segments of Spring Creek and Fishing

Access Sites (FAS); assisting with Lewistown’s “Kid’s Fishing

Day” at the Frog Ponds; sponsoring local youth to attend the

Conservation and Fly Fishing School held later this summer at

Georgetown Lake; teaching fly casting to Junior High students;

cleaning up barbed wire on the new FWP acquisition below

town; and conducting a fund raising raffle at the Chokecherry

Festival.

In 2016, the Montana TU Board of Directors awarded the

Chapter as the Outstanding Montana TU Chapter and President

Mike Chapman received the Outstanding Volunteer award.

Chapter meetings are conducted quarterly and include fly

fishing or other informative programs. Meetings are advertised

in the Lewistown News Argus. If you would like to learn more

about the local Chapter, participate in projects, or be included on

an email list to be notified of meetings and activities, please

contact Mike Chapman, at 538-2517 or

bmchap@midrivers.com.

The Crooked Creek Walleye Classic is slated

for May 6-7 on Fort Peck Lake. The tournament

has moved from August to May and will have a

maximum of 75 two-person teams. It will be

held at Crooked Creek Marina and is being

hosted by the Crooked Creek Chapter of Wall-

eyes Unlimited.

This year’s event will be the first tournament

on the Montana Walleye Circuit. Next up will be

the Tiber Tournament May 20-21, Fresno Chal-

lenge June 10-11 and the Canyon Ferry Walleye

Festival June 24-25.

For more information, contact Kenny Nagel

at 406-380-0791 or Carson Fohl at 406-698-3546.

Fishermen line up to launch their boats for the start of last year’s walleye tourna-

ment at Crooked Creek Marina.

Photo courtesy of Gene Sanford

Montana walleye circuit kicks off

with Crooked Creek tournament in May