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2021 Fishing Regulations Proposals

Public Comment Opportunities

FWP is accepting comment on proposed fishing regulations for 2021. The department has 20 proposed changes for 2021, with most changes involving minor corrections and clarifications to avoid confusion and inadvertent violations.

Fishing regulations are reviewed on a 4-year cycle, with the last large-scale review taking place for the 2020 regulations. The next full review is slated for the 2024 fishing regulations, with public input and department analysis occurring spring and summer 2023. Since this is an off-cycle year, proposed changes must meet certain criteria to be considered. Please see more discussion about evaluation criteria and specific proposals at the link below.

The department is asking for public comment on the tentative fishing regulations. Input can be submitted via email at, or via US mail to Fishing Regulations, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.

The deadline to submit public comments is September 17, 2020.

Submit Public Comments

Additional ways to comment: via email at, at FWP open houses, or via mail to Fisheries Regulations, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.

Open house schedule





Aug. 20

Great Falls

FWP Regional Office,
4600 Giant Springs Rd

7:00 PM

Thompson Falls

FWP Office, 5427 Highway 200

4:00 - 7:00 PM


Busted Knuckle Brewery
N Room, 303 1st Ave S

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Aug. 21


FWP Regional Office,
490 N Meridian Rd

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Aug. 22


Best Western Plus,
1425 Highway 2 NW

6:30 - 8:30 PM


City Hall Ponderosa Room,
952 E Spruce

4:00 - 6:00 PM


Lewistown Public Library,
701 W Main St

7:00 PM

Aug. 26


FWP Regional Office,
1400 S 19th Ave

6:00 PM

Aug. 27


Dawson Community College,
Ulman Center Room 102

7:00 PM

Aug. 28


Big Horn Resort and Hotel,
1801 Majestic Ln

6:30 PM

Aug. 29


DoubleTree Inn, 100 Madison St

6:00 PM


Comfort Inn, 2777 Harrison Ave

6:00 PM

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