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Meeting is October 2
at Wyoming Game and Fish in Casper
Our meetings are the first Thursday
of the month

On Saturday, the 13th of September, members of North Platte Walleyes Unlimited showed up at the Wyoming Hunting & Fishing Heritage Expo to hand out some fishing poles. Our new trailer had been placed onsite on the previous Wednesday. It should be said that the trailer really made a difference and I think it would have been really difficult to do what we did without it.

Not knowing what to expect, the volunteers started to place the reels on poles and get a hundred or so ready to hand out. Shortly after 9:00 am the kids started to show up to get their punch cards that they needed to show that they had participated in at least four of the seven aquatic activities.

A few minutes later we were off and running handing out rod/reel/tackle kits at the rate of one every thirty seconds for the next seven hours. Some folks later mentioned that it seemed like every kid in the events center was packing around a fishing pole which raised a few eye brows. All in all we handed out 755 sets of poles that day. There was many thank you's, and smiles. It was amazing to witness, and it is safe to say that we, as a club can be truly proud of our community service efforts. I think we made a tremendous impact that day.

The next weekend, some of our members volunteered to help in the Platte River Revival. The Platte River Revival is a Keep Casper Beautiful event held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day. Members of the Platte River Revival committee represented Keep Casper Beautiful; Bureau of Land Management; City of Casper Parks, Solid Waste, Fire, Police, and Planning; Platte River Parkway Trust; Casper Rotary Club; McMurry Foundation; Two Fly Foundation, NERD Gas Company; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Wyoming Game and Fish; Trihydro Corporation; Honnen Equipment; Natrona County Medical Reserves; 71 Construction; and Wyoming Department of Transportation. For those of you who missed the event, the Platte River Revival is a many year, multiphased project, which means that you can help out next year! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including registration, food service, and debris cleanup.

It was reported that the 2007 event removed over 381,480 lbs of debris and branches from the river and its banks. I'll let you know how the 2008 event went. It should be said that each person who volunteered received a very nice metal water bottle, T-shirt, and a fine lunch of wonderful barbequed brisket, pork loin, sausage and all the fixings by the Service Industry Representatives.

At each club meeting we have a drawing from our membership list. If that member is present they would win a $100 gift cerfificate that was donated by Sportsman's Warehouse. That amount is raised each month by $10.00. Last months winning loser was Carol Tescher. I believe the prize will be $140 at this months meeting. See ya there.

Poaching is Mutiny on your Bounty!

Add this number to your cell phone speed dial - 1-877-WGFD-TIP




Our club president has asked to step down so we will be having an election at our October meeting to fill that position. If you would like to be in the running for that position, be sure to be at our meeting to make your wishes known.

Someone who borrowed some kids life jackets mentioned that the life jackets he was given were quite dirty. It might be necessary for us to round them up and have a cleaning party this fall after the season tapers off. It was mentioned at our last meeting that maybe we should round up all the un-imprinted life jackets and have them "Property of" imprinted as to make them less attractive to those who borrow them and fail to return them. A vote will probably be taken at our next meeting.

This is the time of the year that we start to think about our Sixth Annual All you eat Walleye Banquet that is scheduled for March 7th 2009. We will have a banquet meeting in October, the date to be determined at our club meeting. If you would like to be a part of the planning and heavy lifting committee we would sure like to hear from you.

The Wyoming Game and Fish 2008 online Angler newsletter is out and has quite a bit of interesting information. The address is: http://gf.state.wy.us/fish/fishing/Newsletters/


Walleyes in Buffalo Bill Reservoir

From the Wyoming Game and Fish Website:

ILLEGAL WALLEYE MAY THREATEN BUFFALO BILL FISHERY

Cody: The Wyoming Game & Fish Department fears that illegally introduced walleye reported earlier this month could ruin the fishery in Buffalo Bill Reservoir, the main stem rivers upstream and the Shoshone River downstream below Buffalo Bill Dam.

"We are very disappointed that someone would purposefully attempt to ruin undoubtedly the best trout fishery in theCody area by illegally introducing walleye," said Steve Yekel, Cody region fisheries supervisor. "There will be a direct impact upon angling success should walleye become established in Buffalo Bill Reservoir." Yekel said that this could be especially devastating because fish can easily move upstream in the drainage and that the dam is not a complete barrier to the downstream movement of juvenile fish.

During the first two weeks of August, three Powell anglers and one Cody angler reported catching walleye while trolling for trout in the reservoir. The five walleye caught ranged in size from seven to fifteen inches. Yekel does not know who is responsible for this illegal introductionyet. The Department will conduct an investigation, which includes up to a $10,000 monetary reward to apprehend the person(s) responsible.

The affect that walleye will have on the trout population of Buffalo Bill Reservoir cannot be answered with certainty right now. If walleye numbers remain low they probably won't do much harm to the trout fishery, however according to Yekel there is ample walleye spawning habitat available in the rock riprap protective covering on the face of the dust abatement dikes.

"Walleye are a top-line predator and in most cases, where walleye have been introduced into Wyoming waters that contain trout, the walleye have flourished and the trout and trout fishing have suffered," Yekel said. "It does not bode well for trout in Buffalo Bill Reservoir to have two highly piscivorous predators in this system, the lake trout (mackinaw) and walleye. We do not want to loose this important trout fishery."

Yekel points out that the Buffalo Bill Reservoir fishery contains a species of special concern, the Yellowstone cutthroat trout and this species accounts for 20% of the overall fish population and could certainly be compromised by this illegal introduction.

Buffalo Bill Reservoir is managed as a "wild" trout fishery it is not stocked with hatchery-reared fish. It is supported mainly by recruitment of naturally spawning fish from the Northfork Shoshone River and its tributaries. "Although the effect of walleye on trout populations in some Wyoming waters has been mitigated through the stocking of larger trout, this cannot be accomplished under this preferred "wild" management philosophy currently utilized in managing Buffalo Bill Reservoir and the upstream tributaries." Yekel said.

According to Yekel, the Department will ask the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to enact a special regulation to address this situation. "We are asking for a special regulation that will remove the creel and possession limit on walleye in all of the Shoshone River drainage upstream of Buffalo Bill dam and will require anglers to immediately kill all walleye caught." Yekel said. A special regulation once approved by the Game and Fish Commission must be signed by the Governor. The process could take two-three weeks to complete.

The Cody fish management crew will use electrofishing and gill netting techniques to determine the seriousness of the illegal walleye introduction and remove any walleye captured.

Anglers catching walleye in Buffalo Bill Reservoir prior to the implementation of a special regulation are asked not to return the walleye to the water, provided creel limits are not exceeded. Anglers catching walleye in the reservoir are also asked to contact the Cody Game and Fish office (toll free 1-800-654-1178 or 307-527-7125) so that information on the date, time, location, bait, and total length can be recorded.


Calendar of events

March 7th, 2009 6th Annual North Platte Walleyes Unlimited Banquet.

October is National Vegetarian Month
October 4th is 4 National Frappe Day
October 7th is 7 Bald and Free Day
October 9th is 9 Moldy Cheese Day
October 21st is 21 Count Your Buttons Day
October 24th is 24 National Bologna Day


Notable quotes and space fillers

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend. -- Doug Larson

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. -- Clarence Darrow

No man is totally useless - he can always serve as a bad example. -- Apocrypha

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. But not in that order. -- Brian Pickrell

Most fools think they are only ignorant. -- Benjamin Franklin

Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five. -- Max Frisch

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. -- Mark Twain


These businesses support us

Here is the list of Donors and Sponsors of our 2008 Banquet. Drop by and say thanks!
BUFFALO CREEK CLOTHING
BIG WYOMING
WALGREENS
CHATTERS BAR
SILVER FOX LOUNGE & RESTAURANT
WALLEYE DIRECT
WOODY G’S GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP
DAVID KARST
WHITE’S MARINE CENTER
SPORTMAN’S WAREHOUSE
DAVE’S DARTS AND BILLIARDS
BAR D SIGNS
VIVI K. CRANDALL
MAX LURES
ROCKY MOUNTAIN DISCOUNT SPORTS
COLISEUM MOTORS
KEN MAYER-COUNTRY WIDE HOME LOANS
PLAINS TIRES
WALKERS BAIT SHOP
THE LIQUOR SHED
LUBE EXPRESS
TAYLOR SPORTS AND SPIRITS
KEVIN REINHART
COMPRESSION LEASING SERVICES
TERRY DOUGHTY
HILLTOP NATIONAL BANK
WHITE’S MOUNTAIN MOTORS
BILLY BRENTON
USA TRUCKING
LOWRANCE ELECTRONICS
MINNKOTA
WILSON SUPPLY COMPANY
OVERHEAD DOOR COMPANY
WYOMING BUILDERS SUPPLY
BIG WYOMING GMC
CASPER WELL PRODUCTS
RICK MCLAUGHLIN
MCKENDREE TRUCKING INC.
ANDREEN HUNT CONSTRUCTION
BUNDY’S MARINE
BOB BERNARDIS
POPLAR WINE AND SPIRITS
JOHN MAROHN
JW KINDER
COWBOY COUNTRY OUTFITTERS
HONNEN EQUIPMENT
SHOREMASTER DOCKS
STENCO SUPPLY
GHOST TOWN CANVAS
JEFF SVEJKOVSKY
R M & R CONSTRUCTION
MC ENTERPRISES
COATES CONSTRUCTION
JOHN GREEN
A-1 TIRES
M. TODD TALBERT
OVERMAN REALTY LLC
BRIAN WOODWARD
RICK’S ROCKS
PLATTE RIVER BUILDERS
SCOTT’S HOTSHOT SERVICE
LATHROP EQUIPMENT CO.
PARKWAY PLAZA
KNIFE RIVER CORP.
SCENIC CONSTRUCTION
CLUB CRASHERS


On the lighter side

Estate planning

When Dan found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a woman to enjoy it with.

So, one evening he went to a singles bar where he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. "I may look like just an ordinary man," he said as he walked up to her, "but in just a few years, my father will die, and I'll inherit 20 million dollars"

Impressed, the woman went home with him that evening and three weeks later she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at estate planning than men.


Who says Today's Kids aren't smart?

At a high School in Montana a group of high schoolers played a prank on the school. They let three goats loose in the school.

Before they let them go they spray painted numbers on the sides of the goats. 1,2,4.

Local school administrators spent most of the day looking for #3.


Send fishing reports, photos, hints or tips to:
Woody


Tight Lines -- Woody G.




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