Moving to MT

Discussion in 'Montana Angler's Lounge' started by corey leblanc, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. corey leblanc

    corey leblanc New Member

    I am currently living in South Louisiana and will be moving to Northern Montana and will be able to fish the Lake Elwell area. Currently I own a Scout bay boat. 240 Bay Scout. The boat is 24.5 ft, 11" draft, 8'6" beam w/ 225 Yamaha motor. It also has a trolling motor on it.

    My question is...would this boat work in that area? I have no idea the type of boats people use in the lakes there.

    Any help is appreciated
    Corey
     
  2. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    Yup work fine.
    Check the water level before you leave home a lot of the ramps run out of water.
    AND wind it can blow up there
     
  3. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    What the heck are moving to Chester for?
    Nice place to Visit
     
  4. corey leblanc

    corey leblanc New Member


    Few reasons...why wouldn't you move there?

    So i have been told by a couple of people to sell the boat and get something with more of a V. Said the bay boat is too flat. Recommend I get something like a Lund or Crest Liner. What do you think of that?

    thank you
     
  5. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    I run a Hewescraft Sportjet with little trouble.
    There very flat too, Just can't run 40 mph in the 3 foot rollers
    Just pulling your chain with the crack 'bout Chester. It's a nice town,
    Just doesn't seam to have much of a job market.

    D
     
  6. corey leblanc

    corey leblanc New Member

    Looks like the Hew has a deep V. Figured that would handle the waves. So that lake gets rough?
     
  7. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    The sportsman has a very flat bottom .
    The lake can get VERY ruff at times .
    It sets east west and our famous winds blow from the west .
    Never underestimate them .
    The wind surfers and parasail people LOVE it .
    The walleye should be starting to hit in the willow creek arm any day.
    State record came out of lake Elwell aka Tibor dam .
    Wonderful area to hunt deer and antelope if you get a tag. Gophers, prairie dogs and coyote abound .
    HUGE block Management hunting areas and plenty of public lands around.

     
  8. corey leblanc

    corey leblanc New Member



    That boat looks to have a really good V, maybe it doesn't handle the waves because its aluminum and too lite?

    So how would you fish on the opposite side of the damn are is there fishing on the other side? When I went it didn't look like you could put a boat in that water. The lake is huge but the other side wasn't.

    Are you a hunter? If so I have a lot more questions ha ha
     
  9. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    Hunter Yup...
    There are boat ramp all along the north sides as well as two on the south side.
    There is a BLM marina on the Northside. And a huge campground with 2 ramps on the south side of the dam as well as a beautiful campground on the river just under the dam. Walleye and perch and record class northern pike are the target fish and a good number of lake trout in the DEEP parts. The lake is 120 feet deep the extreme west end of the lake gets very shallow and braded you need a mud boat or a jet, like mine, to fish that end in the late summer in to ice up. Goose and duck hunting cane be wonderful clear to the end of the season in January. We run the edges of the lake hunting deer and upland birds .
     
  10. corey leblanc

    corey leblanc New Member


    My son and I both love to fish and hunt. He is turning 12 in June. He is excited about the opportunities to hunt MT. I have never caught any of the fish you mentioned except for perch. We fish trout but saltwater trout, i have no idea what a fresh water trout even looks like. when you say you run the edges of the lake what do you mean? You're not hunting from your boat are you? Do you duck and goose hunt the lake too...i figured it froze over, where would the ducks go after that happens? Also what is an upland bird?
     
  11. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    "You're not hunting from your boat are you?"
    Yes we are. You cant "Shoot" from the boat but there are many little points that run in to the lake . we spot deer from the boat then go around a point to get the wind right land the boat ,go over the point shoot the deer run the boat back load it up and haul it out . Most the land around the lake is "BOR" public land.
    You can shoot from a boat here but you have to have the motor shut down and all forward momentum stopped, not moving under power.
    Check here http://fwp.mt.gov/
    Ducks and geese by the 10's of thousands the lake is big enough that it does not freeze easily. I will freeze all they way across but late in the year, ever Ice fish ???The water foul migrate south to Tx and California.
    Upland birds are , gray ( Hungarian ) partridge, Sharp tail grouse, doves, pheasants, very rear but I have seen Sage grouse too.
    Prairie dogs in places and 100 million gophers to shoot. AND COYOTES !!!
     
  12. corey leblanc

    corey leblanc New Member


    Okay...same here, you can not kill anything from any type of moving vehicle or boat. Thanks for the link.
    Never been ice fishing...plan on ice fishing in the foreseeable future though!
    We get a ton of waterfowl here but we are getting less and less. Duck hunting here isn't what it was just 10 years ago. Im not spending a ton of money to go kill a few grey duck.
    My son has already found out about the gophers...we go varmint hunting all the time around here. Coons, possums, nutras and feral hogs.
    So I GOOGLED BOR, I had never heard of them before. Even though it is public land you still need tags for deer? Here you buy your permit for the season and everybody can kill "X" amount. Usually 5. How hard is it to get a tag and how are a father and son supposed to both get them to hunt together? Also what is block management.
    Let me know when it is too much, i have a ton of questions.

    I meant to ask...why did you guess Chester?
     
  13. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    "I meant to ask...why did you guess Chester?"
    I'm from GF and do a lot of hunting up north there is No other town near Tibor .
    Deer licenses are "Over the counter" that means you just have to go buy one and it's good all over the state
    Block management is privet land opened to the public with different amounts of permission needed.
    Look here
    http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/hunterAccess/blockman/
    You need deer licenses to hunt "Game animals" no mater where you hunt public or privet.
    Most cases you can only shoot one deer almost always a buck.
    With little effort you and your son will get a nice deer.
    Kids under 15 get to hunt deer 2 days before the general season opens .
    Think about Elk hunting too, You can get "over the counter" elk tags too.
    The closes elk to Chester is the bear paw Mountains https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bears_Paw_Mountains
    and sweet grass hills https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Grass_Hills

    You would have to check in to if there general hunting or permit I don't hunt either of them .
    There is elk hunting opportunity all over Mt.
    Ask all the questions you need to
     
  14. corey leblanc

    corey leblanc New Member


    Earlier you said "Wonderful area to hunt deer and antelope if you get a tag" I took that as there is no guarantee that I will get a tag? I wasn't sure if there was a lottery or something to hunt. Im going to be a resident, I would like to hunt every year without having to luck and get a tag....

    do you ice fish? A house I looked at had a (not sure what you call it) ice fishing hut??? in the garage they he ice-fished with. The only thing I know about ice fishing I learned from GRUMPY OLD MEN :)
    Also fly fishing. Is that something people do there? I figured it was more of a shallow water thing and that lake is 100+ ft deep
     
  15. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    Antelope is draw .
    If the wind is not blowing or it's not -40* you don't need a "house" to ice fish .
    Fly fishing on the lake would be very limited. The Marias river ( http://www.bigskyfishing.com/River-Fishing/central-rivers/marias-river.php ) below the dam is loaded with trout , walleye small mouth bass pike and perch and is very fly fishable.
    As far as stream fishing up north is harder to find water east or west of you ,you can find the milk river , Teton river , cutback creek ex.t and more mountain type fishing
    South you get in to the Missouri river
    Look here http://www.bigskyfishing.com/River-Fishing/index.php

    and here http://www.bigskyfishing.com/Lake-Fishing/Lake-Fishing.htm
    .

    All possible fly fishing. I don't fly fish so I'm not a goo source of info for that
     
  16. corey leblanc

    corey leblanc New Member

    Are you hunting white tail? What other type of big game is there to hunt?
     
  17. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    White tail in the river bottoms and mule deer in the Prairie .
    Around Chester? or in state ?
    Deer and antelope around Chester. In state is every thing
    Moose , sheep, goats, bear ,elk , white tail, mule deer, antelope, wolf, and bison .
     
  18. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    WELL ?
    You out here yet?
     
  19. damnboy

    damnboy Guest

    seem like great..
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