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2020 Fishing Regulations Proposals

Public Comment Opportunities

Fishing regulations undergo a thorough review every 4 years. Last spring FWP conducted an online survey that contained ideas and proposals that the department was considering for regulation changes. FWP staff also met with angling and recreational groups across the state to discuss fishing regulations. That input was used to craft the tentative fishing regulations which were presented to the Fish and Wildlife Commission at its August meeting in Missoula. Many of the regulations that were considered last spring have been modified for the tentative regulation proposals based on public remarks from the online survey and meetings.

The department is asking for public comment on the tentative fishing regulations. Input can be submitted through the survey link on this page, via email at, or via mail to Fishing Regulations, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620. Department staff will also be available to discuss proposals and answer questions at open houses held throughout the state (see schedule below). The department will accept public comment until September 15.

The public comment period ended September 15, 2019.

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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