Live Minnows May NOT be Imported into Montana


MILES CITY, Mont. — As temperatures drop ice fishing opportunities begin and anglers run to grab their gear. Please be reminded that live bait fish cannot legally be transported across state lines, into or out of Montana (Montana ARM 12.7.201(5)). Minnows must be purchased or collected within the eastern fishing district or approved waters in […]



Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on fishing contests proposed for the winter season of 2013-2014. 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. Applications for contests may be approved, denied, or approved […]

The West Yellowstone/Hebgen Lake Ice Fishing Tournament Results Are In!!!


The West Yellowstone/Hebgen Lake Ice Fishing Tournament three-day event came and went, and the results are in!!! With team #1051, consisting of Shane Hofstad and Brent Cummings from Utah, being the NAIFC Qualifier Champions and team #1007, consisting of Mitch Reinertson and Jason Watts of Montana, being  the winner of the Hummingbird Big Fish Award. […]

Billings Crew on a Recent Devil’s Creek Ice Fishing Trip on Fort Peck


(Bode Bentley pictured above) “Sauger” Steve Knudson, his daughter Emma, friend Brian Bentley, his boy Bode, and another friend Jim Pickens all of Billings had a great ice fishing trip last weekend to Fort Peck. They rented a cabin from Curtis Chamberlain 406-557-2587 and fished Saturday and Sunday. They were fishing in 50 feet of water and caught […]

Keep Ice Fishing Safe – Montana Ice Fishing

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It is that time of year when ice anglers begin appearing on Montana’s waters for the ice fishing season. “There is some fishable ice out there right now, and with continued stable, cold weather, conditions are likely to improve,” said Dave Hagengruber, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks angler education coordinator. “First ice is often some […]

2013 Perch Assault Ice Fishing Tourney Changes

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***The January 12th Perch Assault Ice Fishing Tournament lake has been changed to Smith lake due to poor ice conditions on all the Thompson lakes*** Deadline to enter has been extended to Thursday, January 10th.   Mandatory rules meeting remains the same on January 11th, 6:30PM at Snappy Sport Senter.  One team member must attend. The February […]

Ice Fishing Or Skiing: MORS Weekly Wrap Up

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Ice fishing is in full force around Montana. Brandt Hamernick and Tracy Powers got out on Georgetown Lake and caught their limit (shown in the picture above).  They also shared a video on our FACEBOOK PAGE. We want to continue expanding the MORS community. Be sure to “LIKE” US FACEBOOK and we promise to keep your news feed filled with all […]

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 12/18/12


EASTERN MONTANA FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF 12/18/12 COMPILED BY Carol Henckel Please be advised that ice conditions can change daily so please call the contact person in the area you are planning on fishing for current daily information.  Also, use extreme caution on the ice at all times. Good luck fishing from the […]

Temps in the 90’s and it is time to start thinking about Montana ice fishing Derbies


Yes, we know it is the hottest month of the year so what more perfect  than to think of something cold and refreshing like Montana ice fishing.  Fish Wildlife and Parks would like you to comment on ice fishing contests proposed for this upcoming winter season.  Get a nice glass of ice water after soaking […]

Ice Fishing & Fly Fishing Reports around Montana

Ice Fishing and Fly Fishing Reports in Montana

Ice fishing in Montana and steelhead fishing reports from Idaho are good. “The water level is running at 4900 CFS on the North Fork of the Clearwater River in Idaho”, added Jim Johnson who planned on fishing this week, “that is perfect water for fishing with flies”. Rainbow anglers are having continues success between Pond […]

Ice Fishing Tournament in Northern Montana

Northern Montana Ice Fishing Tournament

Northwest Montana just completed a very successful Ice derby and they are in the middle of another ice derby that will end next Saturday February 26. While other areas of Montana are having difficulty in keeping scheduled ice contests going because of weather curveballs thrown by Mother Nature, that hasn’t been the case in Region […]

Montana Weather Conditions affecting Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing Weather Conditions in Montana

Montana is certainly known for many things around the world. Most of them are good like skiing, snowmobiling, blue ribbon trout streams, and our magnificent mountain ranges. Well you can add one more unique thing about Montana to that list, weather! The old saying goes if you don’t like the weather in Montana just stick […]