Approved 2019 open water fishing contests
By angelamontana

Posted: February 4, 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved the open water fishing contests for the 2019 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Applications for 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 approved fishing contests can be found on the FWP fishing contests webpage, http://fwp.mt.gov/fish/whereToFish/contests/, or by calling 406-444-2449.

Approved 2019 Open Water Fishing Contests

Northwest Montana, Region 1

March 15 – May 12 Spring Mack Days Flathead Lake
April 27-28 Big Sky Bass Bash/TBF Series Echo, Abbot, and Peterson lakes
April 27-28 MT Bass Nation Team Open Noxon Rapids Reservoir
April 28 MT TBF Buddy Series Qualifier Echo, Abbot and Petersen lakes
May 11-12 Big Sky Bash Bass/TBF Series Flathead River sloughs
May 18-19 Koocanusa Resort & Marina Trout and Salmon Derby Lake Koocanusa
May 18-19 MT TBF State Team Qualifier Noxon Rapids Reservoir
June 1 Wild West Panfish Trail Flathead River sloughs
June 8-9 MT TBF Buddy Series Qualifier Noxon Rapids Reservoir
June 16 Thompson Chain of Lakes
Father’s Day Family Derby
Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Salmon, Rainbow
June 22 Bull Lake Pike Strike Bull Lake
July 20 Cabinet Gorge Pike Tournament Cabinet Gorge Reservoir
July 27-28 Tri-State Bass Tournament Noxon Rapids Reservoir
July 27-28 Tri-State Buddy Tournament/
TBF Buddy Series
Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Aug 23-25 MT BASS Nation State Championship Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Sept 7 Wild West Panfish Trail Thompson Chain of Lakes- Middle and Lower
Sept 7-8 MT TBF Semi-Final Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Sept 9 Fall Closer Bass Tournament Cabinet Gorge Reservoir
Sept 10-11 MT TBF Buddy Series Qualifier Thompson Chain of Lakes- Middle and Lower
Sept 20- Nov 10 Fall Mack Days Flathead Lake
Sept 21 Bull Lake Pike and Bass Tournament Bull Lake
Sept 21-22 Noxon Rapids Northern Pike Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Sept 28 Big Sky Bash Bass/TBF Series Echo, Abbot, and Peterson lakes
Oct 5 Wild West Panfish Trail Lake Mary Ronan

West Central Montana, Region 2

April 13-14 1st Annual Clark Fork Whitefish Tournament Clark Fork River

Southwest Montana, Region 3

June 15 Blacktail Meadows Kid Fishing Derby Blacktail Meadows
Kids Fish Pond

North Central Montana, Region 4

May 17-19 Fort Benton Spring Classic Fishing Derby Missouri, Marias, and Teton rivers
May 18-19 Tiber Walleye Tournament Tiber Reservoir/Lake Elwell
June 8 Canyon Ferry Carp Safari Canyon Ferry Reservoir
June 15 Lewistown Bowhunters Association Carp Shoot Petrolia Reservoir
June 16 Lions Club Father’s Day Fish Derby Newlan Creek Reservoir
June 22 Ackley Lake Club Tiger Muskie Fishing Derby Fundraiser Ackley Lake
June 22-23 Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival Canyon Ferry Reservoir
July 13 Broadwater Rod and Gun Walleye Derby Canyon Ferry Reservoir
July 13 Fishin for Fun (Family Fun Days) Women’s Tournament Tiber Reservoir/Lake Elwell
Aug 10 Camp Mak-A-Dream Walleye Benefit Canyon Ferry Reservoir
Aug 24 John Arnold Fish Derby Hauser Reservoir

South Central Montana, Region 5

April 13 Worden Slam Yellowstone River (Huntley Dam to Ranchers Dam)
May 11 Annual Yellowstone Challenge Yellowstone River (Huntley Bridge to mouth of Bighorn River)
June 14 Bighorn River Alliance Carp Tournament Bighorn Lake

Northeast Montana, Region 6

April 21 Jerry Johnston Memorial Tough Guy Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)
May 4-5 Crooked Creek Walleye Classic Fork Peck Reservoir
(Crooked Creek)
May 18-19 NBAA Qualifier Fort Peck Reservoir
June 1 Annual Milk River Catfish Classic Milk River (Junebug Bridge to mouth of the Milk River)
June 1-2 Rock Creek Walleye Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir
(Rock Creek)
June 8-9 Fresno Walleye Challenge Fresno Reservoir
June 8-9 Pikemasters Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir
(Rock Creek)
June 22-23 Hell Creek Ladies Fishing Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir
(Hell Creek)
July 11 Annual MT Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir
July 20 Annual Women’s Walleye Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir
(Fort Peck Marina)
July 27-28 Hell Creek Walleye Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir
Aug 3 Fishin’ For the Cure Fort Peck Reservoir
(Rock Creek)
Aug 10-11 NBAA Qualifier Fort Peck Reservoir
Sept 21-22 NBAA Qualifier Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)

Southeast Montana, Region 7

April 27-28 K.A.T.S. Invitational Tongue River Reservoir
May 4 Forsyth Cat Bash Yellowstone River (Forsyth Dam to Rosebud County Line)
May 18 Glendive Catfish Tourney Yellowstone River- Cabin Creek to Intake Dam
June 8 Miles City Cat Havoc Yellowstone River (Rosebud/Custer County Line
to Kinsey Bridge)
June 8 Savage Volunteer Fire Department Catfish Tournament Yellowstone River (Cottonwood Creek to Sidney Bridge)
July 20 Monster Catfish Roundup Yellowstone River (Elk Island FAS to ND State Line)
July 20-21 K.A.T.S. State Championship Yellowstone River (Cartersville Dam to Hysham)
Sept 7 Yellowstone River Classic Yellowstone River (Rosebud County Line to Kinsey Bridge)
Oct 19 Yellowstone River Rats Jig N Crank Fest Yellowstone River (Obergefell’s Island to North Dakota Line)

(via MT FWP)