Here is a statement issued by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Invasive Species Coordinator:
The Department of Agriculture is proposing a rule designating two invasive species management areas due to the presence of Eurasian watermilfoil. Montana Code Annotated 80-7-1010 states, “In a body of water designated as an invasive species management area, taking from the water or possessing any bait animal, dead or alive, including but not limited to crayfish, leeches, and minnows, is prohibited unless approved by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.”
The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing rules in order to allow bait within the Department of Agriculture’s invasive species management areas and still minimize the further spread of Eurasian watermilfoil.
Through this rule, the Department will not be banning the use of any bait already currently allowed in the fishing regulations.
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