1935 BH premier rainbow Butte Anler hatchery Maiden Rock
BUTTE EXCHANGE CLUB HEARS MONT AN A DESCRIBED PARADISE FOR FISHERMEN; LAUD ANGLERS Montana is a fisherman's paradise, paradise, In addition to its other numerous numerous claims to distinction, John L. Boardman told the members of the Butte Exchange club at its noon luncheon at the New Flnlen yesterday. yesterday. Mr. Boardman, in support of this claim, described the fishing possibilities of a small area of this state located within easy distance from Butte. He was the club's chief speaker. This area, he said, may be enclosed enclosed In a diagram drawn from the corner of Yellowstone park north to White Sulphur Springs, west through Missoula to the state line and thence south along the state line to the starting point. The area enclosed by these lines is only a small part of the state but it includes, includes, he said, 24,436 miles of territory territory easily accessible over good roads. It also offers 1,600 miles of good fishing, he said, in the rivers and streams and also In more than 50 trout-filled lakes. Among the fish to be taken are: Dolly Varden trout, steelhead or salmon trout, eastern brook trout, native or cutthroat trout, rainbow and Loch Levin trout, Montana grayling and Montana whitefish. The fish range in size from four to six pounds for cut- th-oat, steelhead, and brook trout, to 20 pounds for Dolly Varden and 15 pounds for rainbow, he stated. Miles of Fishing. There are 30 miles of fishing on the Jefferson and 70 miles on Hie Missouri below Three Forks, 50 miles up the Gallatin or 100 miles up the Madison to Yellowstone Park, Mr. Boardman stated. There are 50 miles of fishing on the Ruby. The Beaverhead, Red Rock Lake and Rock creek provide over 50 miles. Bloody Dick and Grasshopper creeks each furnish about 50 miles of good fishing, he said. The Big Hole, he said, is the home of the premier, rainbow and offers 100 miles of fishing. The Wise river has more than 50 miles. Then there are the Divide creek, Pishtrap creek, Montaur and Seymour creeks, the North South Trail creeks all of which give the Big Hole area more than 200 miles of fine fishing water. He named also the Bitter Root, Trail creek, Medicine Springs creek, Sleeping Child creek, Como creek, Como lake, and Lolo creek, Boulder river and other streams and lakes which add several hundred miles of fishing water. Were it not for the Butte Anglers club many of these streams, instead of providing the Eden for fishermen would today be without fish, Mr. Boardman said. The State Fish and Game Com- mission and the U. 8. Bureau of Fisheries, Mr. Boardman said, have done good work in the state which embraces 146,572 square miles—but the Butte Anglers club which was organized more than 30 years ago j has been planting from one million | to eight million fish and fish fry for many, many years. Today it is equipped, he said, to plant more than 3,000,000 a year. The club owns 42 acres of ground located on both Bides of the Big Hole river at Maiden Rock, owns eight large rearing ponds, water rights and easement titles to the giant springs on Moose creek in which the temperature* varies only five degrees throughout the entire year, thus permitting hatching every month in the year, acres of parking and picnic grounds, a log hatchery building, 1,500 feet of six inch wood stave piping, a rock-filled break water cribbing over 900 feet long to control high water in the river, complete hatchery equipment, including including troughs, feed grinder, egg trays and feed storage house, and two batteries of nursing tanks for the care of young fish so that the troughs may be kept in continuous operation, the speaker stated. Mr. Boardman was introduced by W. L. Ballard past president of Exchange Exchange and treasurer of the Butle Anglers club, as one who had rendered rendered yeoman service to the fishing j sport in Montana. Larry Hamilton, | vice president of the club followed i the Boardmiin address with remarks ! on the importance of fishing to this ! state and the service the anglers club had rendered this community. Other speakers were Miss Marga-. ret Tuoliy. field representative for the national organization of Girl j Scouts, and Mrs. Helen LaVelle who j reminded the club of a coining piano | concert to be held May 2. Miss Tuohy thanked the club for the .support it has given the Girl Scout organization and outlined the work the organization is doing for girls. She was accompanied by Mrs. Scott Fries who also spoke briefly. Dr. C. S. Renouard, chairman of the athletics committee, told the club that arrangements are complete complete for the annual grade school track meet May 3-4 "if the weather man will only be kind to us." The entertainment program included included two clever dancing numbers by little Lillian Brennan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brennan. The wee Miss performed a toe dance to the tune of Yankee Doodle and responded to an encore with a Highland Highland fling. Mrs. Kathleen Harris O'Keefe, who played the accompaniment accompaniment for the dance numbers, also rendered a vocal solo.