Comment sought on ice fishing contests
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: July 26, 2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on ice fishing contests proposed for the 2016-2017 winter season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Applications for ice fishing contests may be approved, 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,, or by calling 406-444-2449. All comments must be received on or before Aug. 26.

Comments may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, Attn: Fishing Contests, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or emailed to


Proposed 2016-2017 Ice Fishing Contests


Northwestern Montana, Region 1

Dec. 31 Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby – Bull Lake
Jan. 7 Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Fishing Derby – Lion Lake
Jan. 14-15 Perch Pounder – All R1 Lakes
Jan. 18 Fisher River Valley Fire/Rescue Winter Fishing Derby – Thompson Chain of Lakes
Jan. 21 Kalispell Ice Klassik – Smith Lake, Church Slough
Jan. 21-22 Rainbow on Lake Koocanusa – Lake Koocanusa
Jan. 28-29 Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Murphy Lake
Feb. 1-25 Sophie Lake Fish Derby – Sophie Lake
Feb. 4 Sunriser Lions Family Fishing Derby – Smith Lake
Feb. 11 Snappy’s Lake Mary Ronan Perch and Salmon Derby – Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 11-12 The Lodge at McGregor Lake Fishing Derby – McGregor Lake
Feb. 18 Perch Assault – Lake Mary Ronan – Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 18 Perch Assault – Lower Stillwater Lake – Lower Stillwater Lake
March 4 Perch Assault – Smith Lake – Smith Lake
March 18-19 Wild West Panfish Trail – Blanchard Lake


South Central Montana, Region 3

Jan. 15 Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier – Hebgen Lake
Jan. 28 Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Clark Canyon Reservoir


North Central Montana, Region 4

Jan. 14 Broadwater Lions Perch Derby – Canyon Ferry
Jan. 21 Central Montana Perch Derby – Eastfork Reservoir
Jan. 21 Valier Area Development Ice Fishing Derby – Frances Lake
Jan. 28-29 Willow Creek Fishing Derby – Willow Creek Reservoir


Northeastern Montana, Region 6

Jan. 28 Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Derby – Fork Peck Reservoir – Dredge Cut Pond
Feb. 11 Hell Creek Ice Fishing Tournament – Fork Peck Reservoir – Hell Creek Bay
Feb. 11 Murph’s Ice Fishing Tournament – Nelson Reservoir