Public Comments Sought for for 2017 Proposed Fishing Derbies
By rowdyrob

Posted: December 12, 2016

FWP is looking for public comment on open water fishing contests that have been proposed for the 2017 open water fishing season.  Comments will be taken into account when placing conditions on specific fishing tournaments.  Conditions for fishing tournaments help minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts or ad additional site maintenance when needed.  Risk from aquatic invasive species will be considered when deciding on final permits.

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 Jan. 9.

 Comments may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, Attn: Fishing Contests, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or emailed to
Article information and photo provided by Brett French of the Billings Gazette


Proposed 2017 Open Water Fishing Contests

Northwest Montana, Region 1

Mar 17 – May 14 Spring Mack Days – Flathead Lake

April 22 Snappys Big Bass Bash / NBAA – Echo, Abbot, and Peterson Lakes

April 23 FVBL/NBAA Tournament Series – Lake Mary Ronan

May 6-7 BASS Nation Spring Buddy Tournament – Noxon Rapids Reservoir

May 13-14 Snappys Big Bash Bass / NBAA Series – Flathead River, Lake, Sloughs

May 20-21 FVBL/NBAA Tournament Series – Noxon Rapids Reservoir

May 20-21 Koocanusa Resort & Marina Trout and Salmon Derby – Lake Koocanusa

June 3-4 MT State Team Qualifier – Noxon Reservoir

June 10 Wild West Panfish Trail – Flathead River & Sloughs

June 17-18 Kickin’ Horse Saloon & Eatery’s Father’s Day Fishing Derby – Thompson Chain of Lakes, Crystal & Loon Lakes

June 24-25 Bull Lake Pike Strike – Bull Lake

July 29-30 Tri-State Buddy Tournament / NBAA – Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Aug 5-6 Bull Lake Summer Derby – Bull Lake

Aug 5-6 FVBL/NBAA – Thompson Chain of Lakes- Middle & Lower

Aug 18-20 Montana BASS Nation State Championship – Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Aug 19 Montana BASS Nation State Championship – Cabinet Gorge Reservoir

Sept 9 Wild West Panfish Trail – Thompson Lake- Middle & Lower

Sept 9-10 TBF Semi-Final – Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Sept 22 – Nov 12 Fall Mack Days – Flathead Lake

Oct 7 Wild West Panfish Trail – Lake Mary Ronan

West Central Montana, Region 2

June 10-11 Mr. Pike Classic – Seeley, Salmon, & Inez Lakes

Southwest Montana, Region 3

June 10 Livingston Firefighters Kids Trout Derby – Sacajawea Park Lagoon

June 17 Blacktail Meadows Kid Fishing Derby – Blacktail Meadows Kids Fish Pond

North Central Montana, Region 4

May 19-21 Fort Benton Spring Classic Fishing Derby – Missouri, Marias, & Teton Rivers

May 20-21 Tiber Walleye Tournament – Tiber Reservoir/Lake Elwell

June 10 Canyon Ferry Carp Safari – Canyon Ferry Reservoir

June 18 Lions Club Father’s Day Fish Derby – Newlan Creek Reservoir

June 24-25 Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival – Canyon Ferry Reservoir

July 15 Broadwater Rod and Gun Walleye Derby – Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Aug 12 Camp Mak-A-Dream Walleye Benefit – Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Aug 26 John Arnold Fish Derby – Hauser Reservoir

South Central Montana, Region 5

May 13 Annual Yellowstone Challenge – Yellowstone River (Huntley Bridge to mouth of Bighorn River)

June 3 Big Horn Cat Bash – Bighorn River (Mouth of Bighorn to first Diversion Dam)

June 3-4 TBF Qualifier – Yellowtail Reservoir

June 14 Bighorn River Alliance Carp Tournament – Bighorn Lake

June 24-25 NBAA Qualifier – Yellowtail Reservoir

Sept 9-10 Fall Cats Frenzy – Yellowstone River (Huntley Dam to Ranchers Dam)

Northeast Montana, Region 6

April 22 Jerry Johnston Memorial Tough Guy Tournament – Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)

May 6-7 The Crooked Creek Walleye Classic – Fork Peck Reservoir (Crooked Creek Bay)

May 13 Tom Cote Memorial-Masters Pike & Putts – Poplar River

May 20-21 NBAA Qualifier – Fort Peck Reservoir

June 3 Annual Milk River Catfish Classic – Milk River (Junebug Bridge to mouth of the Milk River)

June 3-4 Rock Creek Walleye Tournament – Fort Peck Reservoir

June 10-11 Fresno Walleye Challenge – Fresno Reservoir

June 10-11 Pikemasters Tournament – Fort Peck Reservoir (Big Dry Arm)

June 24 Hell Creek Ladies Fishing Tournament – Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)

July 6-9 Annual MT Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament – Fort Peck Reservoir

July 22-23 Hell Creek Walleye Tournament – Fort Peck Reservoir

July 29 Womens Walleye Tournament – Fort Peck Reservoir

Aug 12-13 TBF Championship (ND/MT) – Fort Peck Reservoir

Aug 19 Fishin’ For the Cure – Fort Peck Reservoir

Sept 23-24 NBAA MT State Championship – Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)

Northeast Montana, Region 7

April 29 Miles City Spring Cat Slam – Yellowstone River

June 10 Savage Volunteer Fire Department Catfish Tournament – Yellowstone River (Cottonwood Creek to Sidney Bridge)

July 1 Hysham Cat Havoc – Yellowstone River

July 15 Monster Catfish Roundup – Yellowstone River (Elk Island FAS to ND State Line)

Sept 16 Yellowstone River Classic – Yellowstone River

Oct 14 Yellowstone River Rats Jig N Crank Fest – Yellowstone River and tributaries