Montana's Future Fisheries currently offers between $350,000 and $650,000 annually to restore wild and native fish habitats across Montana. Future Fisheries emphasizes local approaches for on-the-ground restoration of lakes, rivers and streams that benefit wild and native fish—and the land and water that supports them. A portion of the Future Fisheries program emphasizes mineral reclamation projects to restore native fish habitats.
Almost anyone can submit a Future Fisheries project, including landowners, community-based organizations—such as local sporting clubs, conservation groups, and civic clubs—and state and local agencies. Projects must result in on-the-ground Future Fisheries habitat restoration to benefit wild and native fish. Applicants should look to restore or protect habitat for wild and native fish populations.
Consider a Future Fisheries project to:
|Years program has been in effect:||17|
|Future Fisheries dollars approved by FWP Commission:||$13.7 million|
|Matching dollars for approved Future Fisheries projects:||$36.8 million|
|Number of projects completed:||500|
|Number of projects pending or ongoing:||37|
|Miles of riparian fence installed:||177|
|Miles of restored and enhanced rivers and streams:||184|
|Number of fish screens placed on irrigation diversions:||42|
|Number of upstream fish passages at irrigation diversions and road crossings:||137|
|Number of lake/reservoir projects to enhance spawning:||50|
|Number of game fish species benefiting from restored habitats:||18|
|Cubic feet per second added to instream flow:||168|
Future Fisheries applications are considered every year in December and June. An independent review panel recommends Future Fisheries projects to fund to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission.
For information on how to apply, view our Application Process page.
Call (406) 444-2449, or write to