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Yesterdays: 15 pound fishing limit 70 years ago

| May 17, 2023 2:00 AM

70 years ago

May 15, 1953

The fishing season was the hot topic, with generous limits of 15 fish per day not to exceed 15 pounds in most Montana waters and Glacier Park had a 10 fish limit not to exceed 15 pounds. Today, many waters are now catch and release, except for lake trout and the once common bull trout and salmon are either greatly diminished or on the Endangered Species List.

60 years ago

May 17, 1963

There was a push to give children the polio vaccine. The disease caused paralysis and deformities in children. The Columbia Falls Jaycees were spearheading the effort. The Big Prairie Ranger Station in the Bob Marshall opened for the summer.

50 years ago

May 18, 1973

Glacier Park plows had reached Logan Pass. The Regional Director of the Park Service, J. Leonard Volz, visited Glacier and saw them plow the Going-to-the-Sun Road. He said Glacier deserved the highest maintenance possible, but he also said the Sun Road wouldn’t be built in that day and age. “We have to look to such methods of transportation as Tramways.”

40 years ago

May 19, 1983

Brad Borden of Kalispell bagged an albino black bear near Tally Lake. It was believed to be the first albino ever taken in Montana at the time. Since then, some hunters shot an albino black bear a few years back up the North Fork, but got into trouble because they mis-reported where they shot the bear. In addition, a white black bear was caught a few years back and later released in Glacier.

30 years ago

May 20, 1993

Three canoers swamped in the North Fork of the Flathead and were stranded on an island for five days. They ate bugs, dandelions and the remains of a wolf-killed deer until they were rescued. Tracy and Scott Ladd and Buck Wilde of Idaho were able to fish some of their gear out of the river and make a fire and a makeshift camp. The canoes they were in swamped after they hit a logjam, just 15 minutes into the trip.

20 years ago

May 15, 2003

Several teachers and coaches came out to support Rich Vasquez after he was fired by the school board. They said he was a good teacher and had bolstered the number of players on the freshmen football team. He ended up at Flathead High School.

10 years ago

May 15, 2013

Joel Hoerner caught a monster pike in the Flathead River. The fish weighed almost 30 pounds and was 49 inches long.

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