Mark your calendars, 2016 fishing contests approved
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: February 3, 2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved the following open water fishing contests for 2016. 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.

Information on the approved fishing contests can be found on FWP’s webpage at fwp.mt.gov; click “Fishing” then click “Fishing Contests“.  Look for “2016 Approved Open Water Fishing Contests” at the bottom of the page.

Approved 2016 Open Water Fishing Contests

Region 1

Bull Lake Summer Derby Aug 6-7 Bull Lake
Fall Mack Days Sept 23 – Nov 13 Flathead Lake
First Annual Bull Lake Pike Assault June 25-26 Bull Lake
Flathead River Pike Round Up June 11 Flathead Lake/River/Sloughs
Kickin Horse Saloon & Eatery’s Father’s Day Fishing Derby June 18-19 Thompson Chain of Lakes, Crystal & Loon Lakes
Koocanusa Resort & Marina 13th Annual Trout and Salmon Derby May 14-15 Lake Koocanusa
Montana BASS Nation Spring Buddy Tournament Apr 30-May 1 Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Montana BASS Nation State Championship Aug 19-21 Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Poor Man May May 21 Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Poor Man October Oct   8 Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Poor Man September Sept   17 Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Poor Man June/TBF June 11-12 Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Snappys Big Bass Bash Apr 23 Echo, Abbot and Peterson Lakes
Snappys Perch Festival Sept 17 Lake Mary Ronan
Spring Mack Days Mar 18 – May 15 Flathead Lake
Tobacco Valley Rod & Gun Fishing Derby July 8-9 Lake Koocanusa
Tri-State Bass Tournament July 30-31 Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Region 3

Livingston Firefighters Annual Kids Trout Derby June 11 Sacajawea Park Lagoon

Region 4

Broadwater Rod and Gun Walleye Derby July 16 Canyon Ferry Reservoir
Camp-Make-A-Dream Walleye Benefit Aug 13 Canyon Ferry Reservoir
Canyon Ferry Carp Safari June 11 Canyon Ferry Reservoir
Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival June 25-26 Canyon Ferry Reservoir
Father’s Day Fish Derby June 19 Newlan Creek Reservoir
Fort Benton Spring Classic Fishing Derby May 20-22 Missouri River, Marias River, Teton River
John Arnold Fish Derby Aug 27 Hauser Reservoir
Tiber Walleye Tournament June 11-12 Tiber Reservoir, Lake Elwell

Region 5

Annual Yellowstone Challenge May 14 Yellowstone River (Huntley Bridge to Mouth of Bighorn River)
Bighorn River Alliance Carp Tournament 2015 June 15 Yellowtail Afterbay Reservoir on Bighorn Lake at OK-A-Beh
Fall Cats Fever Sept 10-11 Yellowstone River from Huntley Dam to Rancher’s Dam
NBAA Qualifier May 14-15 Yellowtail Reservoir
NBAA Qualifier July 16-17 Yellowtail Reservoir

Region 6

15th Annual Pikemasters June 11-12 Fort Peck – Big Dry Arm
17th Annual Milk River Catfish Classic June 4 Milk River Junebug Bridge to mouth of Milk River).
29th Annual Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament July 7-10 Fort Peck Reservoir
EMBA / NBAA MT State Championship Sept 24-25 Fort Peck Reservoir
Fall Classic Walleye Tournament Aug 6-7 Fort Peck Reservoir: Crooked Creek Bay or Hell Creek Bay
Fishin’ For the Cure Aug 20 Fort Peck Reservoir
Fresno Challenge May 21-22 Fresno Reservoir
Hell Creek Ladies Fishing Tournament June 25 Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek State Park)
Hell Creek Walleye Tournament July 23-24 Fort Peck   Reservoir
Jordan Chapter Tough Guy Tournament Apr 16 Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)
NBAA Qualifier May 21-22 Fort Peck Reservoir
Rock Creek Walleye Tournament June 4-5 Fort Peck Reservoir, Rock Creek Marina
Women’s Fishing Tournament July 30 Fort Peck Reservoir

Region 7

Monster Catfish Roundup July 16 Yellowstone River Elk Island FAS to the ND State Line
Savage Volunteer Fire Department Catfish Tournament June 11 Yellowstone River (from Cottonwood Creek downstream to Sidney Bridge)
Yellowstone River Classic Sept 17 Yellowstone River
Yellowstone River Rats Jig N Crank Fest Oct 15 Yellowstone River, ND state line to Elk Island Boat Ramp