Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on fishing contests proposed for the winter season of 2013-2014.
Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish.
Applications for contests may be approved, denied, or approved with conditions. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts, or require additional access site maintenance when needed.
Information on the proposed derbies can be obtained by contacting FWP at 406-444-2449, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments are due by Aug. 21. Send comments to: FWP-Fisheries Bureau, Attn: Public Comment on Fishing Derbies, Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or email them to: email@example.com.
Proposed 2013-2014 Ice Fishing Derbies
Northwestern Montana, Region 1
Dec. 28 Sunriser Lions Smith Lake Family Fishing Derby – Smith Lake
Jan. 25, 2014 The Perch Assault – Smith Lake
Jan. 25-26 Fisher River Valley Winter Fishing Derby – Thompson Lakes, et al
Feb. 1-2 11th Annual Perch Pounder – Region 1 Waters
Feb. 8 The Lodge at McGregor Lake Annual Fishing Derby – McGregor Lake
Feb. 15 14th Annual Snappy Sport Senter – Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 15 Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Murphy Lake
Feb. 22 Canyon Kids Christmas Fun Lion Lare Fishing Derby – Lion Lake
Feb. 22 The Perch Assault – Upper Thompson Lake
March 1-2 3rd Annual Bitterroot Bash – Bitterroot Lake
March 8 The Perch Assault – Lake Mary Ronan
Southwestern Montana, Region 2
Jan. 25-26 Pike On Ice – Seeley Lake & Salmon Lake
South Central Montana, Region 3
Jan. 25 Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Clark Canyon Reservoir
Feb. 19 Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier – Hebgen Lake
North Central Montana, Region 4
Jan. 25 Western Bar Ice Fishing Derby – Willow Creek Reservoir
Jan. 25 Broadwater Lions Perch Derby – Canyon Ferry (Silos)
Feb. 15 Valier Volunteer Fire Dept. Fishing Derby – Lake Francis
Northeastern Montana, Region 6
Jan. 25 Murph’s 8th Annual Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament – Nelson Reservoir
Jan. 25-26 3rd Annual Fresno Ice Derby – Fresno Reservoir
Feb. 1 Hell Creek Ice Fishing Tournament – Hell Creek Bay/Fort Peck Reservoir
Feb. 15 17th Annual Ice Fishing Derby – Fort Peck Reservoir
(Report by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Cover photo: kootation.com)