Idaho and Montana individuals qualified to fish the 2023 Semi-Final on Noxon Reservoir, September 23-24.  Idaho came with 15 pairs (15 Boaters and 15 Co-Anglers), Montana had 16 pairs (16 Boaters and 16 Co-Anglers).

Although we had some windy, rainy and cooling weather during the pre-fish period by tournament time, the weather cleared and we had a great weekend with temperatures ranging from mid-40’s to mid-70’s, very comfortable fishing conditions and the Bass seemed to like it also.  Bass were caught ranging up to the 6 lbs. and daily limits in the 18+ lb. range.

All had a great time beginning with a Pulled Pork BBQ banquet on Friday evening.

Top Boater overall and Montana TBF Championship Qualifier for the 2nd year in a row, Yeej (Yang) Moua with a 2-day combined weight of 36.57 lbs.

Top Co-Angler overall and Montana TBF Championship Qualifier, Mark Hilyer with a 2-day combined weight of 29.67 lbs.

Top Boater for Idaho, Rick Funk, finished 2nd overall with a weight of 33.11 lbs.

Top Co-Angler for Idaho, Daniel Dobransky, finished 3rd overall with a total weight of 25.01 lbs.

Kujawa wins on Thompson Lake

The final event of the regular season is behind us and the results are in.  Now comes the  time of sorting everything out and putting together the 2023 Team to represent Montana at the TBF District 19 Semi-Final to be held September 23-24 on Noxon Reservoir.  There will be 12 members qualified from the Draw Series and the remainder from the Buddy Series.  With the excellent participation we had at events and our growing membership we will be able to qualify 48 individuals (24 Boaters and 24 Co-Anglers) provided we are able to fill all the spots.

 Neil Rye was able to catch this big fatty for the big bass of the event on Thompson Lakes last Saturday 8/5 weighing in at 5.68 lbs.  Neil fished with Cory Cowley.




Overall winner of the Thompson event and holding his future fishing partner is Steve Kujawa with a weight of 16.91 lbs.  Not bad for a nice single day on the lake!


Here’s Neil with his Big Bass Trophy!  Great job!



And the winning Wake Boat Team, just kidding.  From left to right, Randy Siemens finishing 2nd with 15.72 lbs. along with Steve Kujawa with the win and the team of Josh Powell and Austin Kieper pulling up 3rd with 14.18 lbs.  Neil Rye with his winning Big Bass Trophy.

Team Siemens – Overall winners at Noxon

Randy and Amanda Siemens, winners overall again with a total weight of 38.52 lbs. Congratulations again!

Here is Larry Kabler, winner of the Big Bass on Saturday, a 5.0 lb largemouth which turned out to be the big bass of the weekend for our TBF Buddy Series. Way to go Larry!!

Noxon results are posted, here are a few photos from the event

Tyler Frost finished 1st on Sunday and 1st for the combined with a weight of 25.56 lbs. Great job Tyler!!


Riley Brown is one of our Highschool contenders coming out for his first event with the big guys! Looks like he might be putting them on the run in the years to come!

Preston Littleeagle also a Student Angler and having a great showing in his first TBF event!!

Here is Jerod Mellott, our Vice President, showing he can catch’em too when he not out guiding the tourists on a spectacular hunt in the Trout Creek area. Jerod finished 7th overall in this event.

I had to throw this picture in just to prove that Austin Johnson can catch’em even when his girlfriend (Morgan) isn’t around. Austin finished 1st place on Saturday but was wishing Morgan was there on Sunday. Austin finished up 4th place overall.

Steve Roth, our Secretary/Treasurer, finished 1st on Sunday and 1st overall with a combined weight of 34.71 lbs. Great job again Steve!

Here’s the living legend, Stan Fisher, with the Big Fish Trophy for his 5.51 Lb. Largemouth which was big fish of the weekend. Stan also finished 3rd overall with 34.49 lbs.

Harrison Perschen had the Big Bass for the Co-Anglers at 5.10 lbs. Harrison finished 1st place on Saturday but slipped a bit on Sunday! Way to go Harrison, keep those Big Bass coming!