Ice Fishing Contests 2015-2016….Any Comments?
By angelamontana

Posted: July 27, 2015

Ice fishing may not be on anybody’s mind in Montana, being that it is still July, but now is the time for FWP to get the upcoming ice fishing contests scheduled.  If you have a contest you would like to add to the list below, check out information on how you can get yours posted.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on ice fishing contests proposed for the 2015-16 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, approved with conditions, or denied. 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 fishing contests can be found on FWP’s webpage at; click “Fishing” then click “Fishing Contests“. Look for “2015-16 Proposed Ice Fishing Tournaments” at the bottom of the page.

Comments must be received by Aug. 20. Email comments to; or mail to FWP Fisheries Division; Attn: Fishing Contests; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Proposed 2015-16 Ice Fishing Contests

Northwestern Montana, Region 1

Dec. 12, 2015 Perch Assault – Smith Lake
Dec. 13 Ice Duels Montana – Smith Lake
Dec. 20 Perch Masters – Lower Stillwater Lake
Dec. 26 Sunriser Lions Smith Lake Family Fishing Derby – Smith Lake
Jan. 23-24, 2016 Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby – Bull Lake
Jan. 30-31 Fisher River Valley Winter Fishing Derby – Thompson Lake, et al
Feb. 1-28 Perch Pounder, 13th Annual – All Region 1 Waterbodies
Feb. 6 Snappy’s Lake Mary Family Derby, 16th Annual – Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 13 Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Murphy Lake
Feb. 13-14 McGregor Lake Annual Fishing Derby – McGregor Lake
Feb. 20 Perch Assault – Middle Thompson Lake
Feb. 21 Ice Duels Montana – Echo Lake
Feb. 27 Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Derby – Lion Lake
March 5 Perch Assault – Lake Mary Ronan
March 12-13 Bitterroot Bash, 5th Annual – Bitterroot Lake

South Central Montana, Region 3

Jan. 17 Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier – Hebgen Lake
Jan. 30 Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Clark Canyon Reservoir

North Central Montana, Region 4

Jan. 2 Scheels Ice Fishing Derby – Wadsworth Pond
Jan. 23 Western Bar Ice Fishing Derby – Willow Creek Reservoir
Jan. 23-24 Broadwater Lions Club Perch Derby – Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Northeastern Montana, Region 6

Jan. 30 Murph’s 10th Annual Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament – Nelson Reservoir
Jan. 30-31 Fresno Ice Derby, 5th Annual – Fresno Reservoir
Feb. 20 19th Annual Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Derby – Dredge Cut Trout Pond
Feb. 20 Hell Creek Ice Fishing Tournament – Fort Peck/Hell Creek Bay