Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on open water fishing contests proposed for the 2019 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.
Applications for fishing contests may be approved, with conditions, or denied by the FWP Fisheries Division in Helena.
Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts, and/or require additional access site maintenance when needed.
Information on the proposed fishing contests can be found on the FWP Fishing Contest webpage, http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/whereToFish/contests or by calling 406-444-2449. All comments must be received on or before Friday, Jan. 25. Comments may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, Attn: Fishing Contests, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed 2019 Open Water Fishing Contests
Northwest Montana, Region 1
March 15 to May 12 - Spring Mack Days at Flathead Lake
April 27 to 28 - Big Sky Bass Bash/TBF Series at Echo, Abbot, and Peterson Lakes
April 27 to 28 - MT Bass Nation Team Open at Noxon Rapids Reservoir
April 28 - MT TBF Buddy Series Qualifier at Echo, Abbot and Petersen Lakes
May 11 to 12 - Big Sky Bash Bass/TBF Series at Flathead River, Lake, Sloughs
May 18 to 19 - Koocanusa Resort & Marina Trout and Salmon Derby at Lake Koocanusa
May 18 to 19 - MT TBF State Team Qualifier at Noxon Rapids Reservoir
June 1 - Wild West Panfish Trail at Flathead River and Sloughs
June 8 to 9 - MT TBF Buddy Series Qualifier at Noxon Rapids Reservoir
June 16 - Thompson Chain of Lakes Fathers’s Day Family Derby for Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Salmon and Rainbow
June 22 - Bull Lake Pike Strike at Bull Lake
July 20 - Cabinet Gorge Pike Tournament at Cabinet Gorge Reservoir
July 27 to 28 - Tri-State Bass Tournament at Noxon Rapids Reservoir
July 27 to 28 - Tri-State Buddy Tournament/TBF Buddy Series at Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Aug 23 to 25 - MT BASS Nation State Championship at Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Sept 7 - Wild West Panfish Trail at Thompson Chain of Lakes- Middle and Lower
Sept 7 to 8 - MT TBF Semi-Final at Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Sept 9 - Fall Closer Bass Tournament at Cabinet Gorge Reservoir
Sept 10 to 11 - MT TBF Buddy Series Qualifier at Thompson Chain of Lakes- Middle and Lower
Sept 20 to Nov 10 - Fall Mack Days at Flathead Lake
Sept 21 - Bull Lake Pike and Bass Tournament at Bull Lake
Sept 21 to 22 - Noxon Rapids Northern Pike at Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Sept 28 - Big Sky Bash Bass/TBF Series at Echo, Abbot, and Peterson Lakes
Oct 5 - Wild West Panfish Trail at Lake Mary Ronan
West Central Montana, Region 2
April 13 to 14 - Clark Fork Whitefish Tournament at Clark Fork River
A PDF with additional contests in Regions 3 through 7 can be found at http://fwp.mt.gov/fish/whereToFish/contests