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Record Number Of Anglers Reel ¿Em In At Special Flathead Lake Fishing Day

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Wed Jun 29 00:00:00 MDT 2005

490 North Meridian Rd., Kalispell, MT  59901         Contact:  John Fraley 406-751-4564


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June 16, 2005



The 12th annual Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake came off successfully under sunny skies today.  A total of 75 anglers with disabilities caught about 80 lake trout fishing from Montana Charterboat Association boats and private craft.  Many lake trout were kept and filleted, but a half-dozen large fish up to 35 inches were caught and released.  At the barbeque, anglers and helpers enjoyed deep-fat fried lake trout and other foods.   

Anglers hailed from the Flathead Valley, Polson,  Ronan, Libby, Eureka,  and as far south as Missoula.   Anglers ranged from 5 to 84 years of age. 

This year, most anglers launched from Hidden Harbor (formerly Woods Bay Marina).  But some anglers launched from Bayview Resort and Marina Cay.  All anglers, volunteers, and helpers converged at Woods Bay RV Park and Campground for the barbeque, which was attended by more than 150 people. 

Barry and Sean Schrammeck of Woods Bay RV Park and Campground provided their facility for the barbeque.  Doug Averill and Jim Frizzell made available Hidden Harbor where most boats were launched.  Thanks also to Marina Cay and Bayview Resort. 

Charter Boat Captains included Jim Landwehr, Glacier Fishing Charters; Shorty Goggins and Norm Lebel from A-Able Fishing Charters; Matt McComb MO Fish Charters; Jerry Landskron, Woods Bay Charters; Jeff Rach, Brent Persinger, and Tim Shattuck Flathead Lake Charters, and Scott Horne from Flathead Lake Lodge. Other Boat Captains included Daryle Handy, Frank Cooley, Dan Hartwell, Chuck Williams, Gary Lapka, Jim Tice, and Bill Bailey. 

Anglers received prizes donated by the Sportsman and Ski Haus, and other businesses.  Others donating to the event included:  Fun Beverage, Tidyman's, Super 1 Foods, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Costco, Woods Bay Market, Schwanns, Farm to Market Pork, Stampede, North Country, Meat Supply, Smiths, Sweetheart Bread, A&W Root Beer of Columbia Falls, Albertsons, Rosauers, Eddies Bread, Frito Lay Chips, Safeway, and Meadowgold.   

The Fish, Wildlife and Parks Crossing the Barriers Committee coordinated the event.  Jerry Howard serves as chairman and main organizer.  Other volunteers included Ilene Howard, Peggy Marsh, Dawn Blumefield, Corinna Brubaker, Ben Brubaker, Marge Bagley, Kevin, Troy, and Heather Fraley, Dick and Darlene Askvig, and the staff from the Lakeview Care Center.  Committee Chairman Jerry Howard baked 40 dozen cookies for the event.  Also helping out were FWP’s Sue McDonald, Chuck Bartos, Dave Hagengruber, Ed Kelly, Lee Anderson, and Perry Brown. The girls from Brownie Troop #459 from Columbia Falls were a great help. 

The Fishing Without Barriers Day is held annually to provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to get out on Flathead Lake and enjoy fishing with the experts.  For many of the anglers, it is their only fishing experience for the year. 

Those wishing to donate time or resources to the Crossing the Barriers Committee events can leave a message for the Committee at FWP, 752-5501.  The Committee has one more event coming up this summer, a fishing day for kids with disabilities in mid-August hosted by the Special Friends Advocacy Group.