2018-2019 Ice Fishing Contests Proposed
By angelamontana

Posted: August 9, 2018

Each year, groups and organizations around Montana celebrate a treasured winter tradition with local ice fishing contests.

These contests are permitted by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks through a public process to ensure the contest meet regulations and will have no negative impact to the fishery.

Not only are these contests, or derbies, a fun way to fish Montana’s waters year around, but they often support a great local cause.

“Ice fishing is just one of the many ways Montanans enjoy winter months in Big Sky Country and these contests are one of the many fishing opportunities we manage at FWP,” said Eileen Ryce, Fisheries Administrator for FWP.

Public comment on the fishing contests should be emailed to fwpfsh@mt.gov by Sept 7.

To view more contest details, go to http://fwp.mt.gov/fish/whereToFish/contests/.

The following are the ice fishing contests and dates proposed for the upcoming winter season:

Northwestern Montana, Region 1

Dec. 15 Perch Assault – Smith Lake
Dec. 29 Sunriser Lions Family Fishing Derby – Smith Lake
Jan. 12 Wild West Panfish Trail – Smith Lake
Jan. 19 Tobacco Valley Rod & Gun Sophie Lake Derby
Jan. 26-27 Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby – Bull Lake
Jan. 26-27 Fisher River Valley Fire/Rescue Winter Fishing Derby – Thompson Chain of Lakes
Feb. 1-23 Perch Pounder – All Region 1 Lakes
Feb. 2 Perch Assault – Middle/Lower Thompson Lakes
Feb. 9 Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Murphy Lake
Feb. 9-10 The Lodge at McGregor Lake – McGregor Lake
Feb. 16 Snappy’s Lake Mary Ronan Perch and Salmon Derby – Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 23   Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Fishing Derby – Lion Lake
Feb. 24 Wild West Panfish Trail – Upper Thompson Lake
Mar. 2   Perch Assault – Lake Mary Ronan
Mar. 9-10 Tobacco Valley Rod & Gun Rainbow Derby – Lake Koocanusa

South Central Montana, Region 3

Jan. 20 Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier – Hebgen Lake
Jan. 26 Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Clark Canyon Reservoir

North Central Montana, Region 4

Jan. 12 Valier Area Development Ice Fishing Derby – Lake Frances
Jan. 19 Western Bar Willow Creek Fishing Derby – Willow Creek Reservoir
Jan. 19-20 Central Montana Perch Derby – East Fork Reservoir
Jan. 26 Ackley Lake Club Ice Fishing Derby – Ackley Lake
Jan. 26-27 Broadwater Lions Perch Derby – Canyon Ferry

Northeastern Montana, Region 6

Jan. 26 21st Annual Chamber Ice Fishing Derby – Fort Peck Dredge Cuts
Jan. 26 Ice Classics – Nelson Reservoir
Jan. 26-27 Arctic Games – Fresno Reservoir
Feb. 9 Hell Creek Marina Ice Fishing Tournament – Fork Peck Reservoir – Hell Creek Bay
Feb. 22-24 44 Hours of Fort Peck – Fork Peck Reservoir

(via MT FWP)

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