Originally published in the 5/19/17 YCN newspaper- by Brady Flaten
HUNTLEY — The 11th annual Yellowstone Challenge Catfish Tournament once again threw the top catfish anglers in Montana a curve ball.
With erratic spring weather, this tourney consistently provides inconsistent and unpredictable conditions.
Due to unseasonably warm temperatures during the week leading up to the event, the river swelled to over 30,000 cubic feet per second, with water levels rising nearly a foot on tournament day. The increased flows created a makeshift obstacle course on the water with floating debris, trees and branches requiring extra attention during river navigation.
Throw in some afternoon rain showers and it was setting up to be an intriguing day on the water.