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Giant Springs Fish Pond

A person who owns or lawfully controls a private fish pond may obtain a license from FWP to stock the pond with fish. Only lawfully purchased fish may be planted.

Approved fish hatcheries (aka commercial fish ponds) for purchasing fish for private ponds:

Some additional sources of information are listed below:

A Guide to Building and Managing Private Fish Ponds in Montana

The purpose of this handbook is to provide the prospective pond builder with an overview of the process of planning, permitting, constructing, and managing a successful private fish pond. For those considering building a pond, several sources of information are listed in the references at the end of this guide.

Registration of Koi or Goldfish Ponds

Koi and goldfish are controlled exotic fish species that can be legally kept indoors in an aquarium or outdoors in ponds that meet certain criteria. Such ponds must be registered with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. For stocking of other fish species in ponds please contact your local FWP office.

Private Ponds License Search

Search for existing private pond licenses by name, business name, or license number.

No fishing license is required to fish on licensed, privately stocked fish ponds. Fishing license requirements apply to all other ponds and/or waters on private land.

Fees

 

The license application fee for a private or non-commercial fish pond is $10.

Fish Pond Applications

 

Regulations are intended to allow the stocking of private fish ponds while ensuring that public resources are not adversely affected by unwanted fish or fish diseases, that nuisance aquatic species are not planted into ponds where they can escape or be introduced into state waters, and that habitat of wild fish is not harmed.

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What is the Certified Boater Program?

  • The Certified Boater program was created to ease the inspection process for boat owners and decrease the volume of boats at decontamination stations at Canyon Ferry and Tiber Reservoirs. It allows watercraft inspectors to focus on boats traveling between many different waterbodies. 
  • A Certified Boater can depart from the reservoir without going through a full inspection and hot wash if their next boating trip is on this reservoir. 
  • A Certified Boater can access all OPEN boat ramps within their designated reservoir.

Boat Ramps on Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs

Most boat ramps located around Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs are open to “local boaters.” The maps below indicate the current status of each boat ramp on these waterbodies. Local boaters who use a local boat ramp are not required to seek out a decontamination station when they exit the waterbody if their next planned boat outing will be on the same waterbody. Local boaters are required to visit a decontamination station after exiting the waterbody if their next planned trip is on a waterbody other than the waterbody that they are a local boater on.

Completing the Local Boater Program

To be certified as a local boater, the boat and/or aquatic equipment user will need to:

Take the Test Online

  1. Download and read the Local Boater Program Education and Certification tutorial.
  2. Take the online test. A passing score (80%) will immediately generate an online certificate for you to complete.
  3. Print out your certificate and keep this in your records. You will need to present your certificate at a FWP office and complete a registration form so your local boater stickers can be issued to you. (If you lose your certificate, you will need to retake the online test and print out another certificate.)
  4. To complete your registration and to receive your local boater stickers, please bring these items to your regional FWP office:
    1. printed certification from test, AND
    2. the following information for each vessel you want local stickers for: vessel license number, trailer license number, and a description of the vessel.

Download Tutorial Take the Test!

 

Take the Test In Person

If you would like to take the test in person, please visit your local FWP regional office.

  1. You will be issued local boater stickers once you pass the test, present your certificate and complete a registration form at the regional office.
  2. To complete your registration and to receive your local boater stickers, please bring these items to your regional FWP office:
    1. printed certification from test, AND
    2. the following information for each vessel you want local stickers for: vessel license number, trailer license number, and a description of the vessel.

Contact Us

For general questions about the Local Boater Program, please call (406) 444-2449 or contact your local FWP regional office.

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