Montana FWP is asking anglers and those interested in accessing fish information for their assistance in improving a replacement to the existing Fishing Guide and MFISH web query applications on the FWP website. The current Fishing Guide and MFISH applications are the primary means FWP uses to disseminate fish and angling data for waterbodies, accounting for more than 230,000 unique page visits per year. New technology and new methods for storing fish survey and inventory data have allowed fisheries staff to enter and store more information on fish populations than was previously available and in a much more timely fashion.
The benefits of this new technology are that more options exist for storing and reporting fisheries data, and data are more detailed, comprehensive, and up-to-date. FWP seeks to gather input from the public to determine what information is most valuable, usable, and understandable. Those interested can provide feedback and offer suggestions through a survey, by clicking the link provided here: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/publicComments/fishPortalSurvey.html .
The survey will be open from March 1 through March 31, 2016. Weekly prizes such as a 1-year subscription to Montana Outdoors or FWP fish t-shirts will be awarded to survey participants. Following the conclusion of the survey, priorities identified from this effort will be used to inform development of the new application, which may be available in 2017. Please forward this e-mail onto other individuals you know who are interested in accessing Montana FWP fish information. Thank you for your participation.
(via Montana FWP)