Public Comment Sought on Proposed 2014-2015 Ice Fishing Derbies
By OutdoorAly

Posted: August 17, 2014

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on fishing contests proposed for the upcoming winter season.
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 with conditions.  Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts, or require additional access site maintenance when needed.

Information on the proposed derbies can be obtained by contacting FWP at 406-444-7319, or by email:  Send comments by Sept. 12 to: FWP-Fisheries Division, Attn: Public Comment on Fishing Derbies, Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or email them to:


Proposed 2014-2015 Ice Fishing Derbies


Northwestern Montana, Region 1

Dec. 27            Sunriser Lions Smith Lake Family Fishing Derby – Smith Lake

Jan. 10             The Perch Assault – Smith Lake

Jan. 11             Ice Duels Montana – Smith Lake

Jan. 24-25        Fisher River Valley Winter Fishing Derby – Thompson Lakes

Feb. 1-28         12th Annual Perch Pounder – Region 1 Waters

Feb. 7-8           The Lodge at McGregor Lake Annual Fishing Derby – McGregor Lake

Feb. 14            15th Annual Snappy Sport Senter – Lake Mary Ronan

Feb. 21            Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Murphy Lake

Feb. 21            The Perch Assault – Middle Thompson Lake

Feb. 28            Canyon Kids Christmas Fun Lion Lare Fishing Derby – Lion Lake

March 7           The Perch Assault – Lake Mary Ronan

March 8           Gol-Fishing Ice Tournament – Lake Mary Ronan

March 14-15    4th Annual Bitterroot Bash – Bitterroot Lake


Southwestern Montana, Region 2

Jan. 24-25        Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby – Bull Lake


South Central Montana, Region 3

Jan. 18             Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier – Hebgen Lake

Jan. 24             Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Clark Canyon Reservoir


North Central Montana, Region 4

Jan.  24-25       Broadwater Lions Perch Derby – Canyon Ferry Silos

Jan. 31             Western Bar Ice Fishing Derby – Willow Creek Reservoir

Feb. 14            Valier Volunteer Fire Dept. Fishing Derby – Lake Francis


Northeastern Montana, Region 6

Jan. 24-25        4th Annual Fresno Ice Derby – Fresno Reservoir

Jan. 31             Murph’s 9th Annual Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament – Nelson Reservoir

Feb. 07            Hell Creek Ice Fishing Tournament – Hell Creek Bay/Fort Peck Reservoir

Feb. 21            19th Annual Ice Fishing Derby (Glasgow Chamber) – Fort Peck Reservoir

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