Fisheries Management Plans

The purpose of managing the state's fisheries is to protect, enhance or restore populations of native and/or non-native fish species for the benefit and enjoyment of the public now and in the future.

Plans in Progress

Native Fish

Many Montanans are rallying to learn more about our nearly forgotten and somewhat mysterious native fish. FWP' Native Fish Management Plan will help native fish populations and their habitats. Learn more

Complete Plans

Statewide Fisheries Management Program and Guide

Montana offers a diversity of quality angling opportunities throughout the state. There are waters to please different types of angling interests, from cold water to warm water, and fly fishing to bait casting. There are places to harvest fish and places to pursue the trophy of a lifetime. Many of these attributes can be attributed to the quality of the fisheries habitat in Montana. Still, there are numerous challenges facing Montana’s fisheries including climate change, habitat alteration, and dewatering of streams. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is tasked with managing the state’s fishery resources and addressing these challenges. This Statewide Fisheries Management Program and Guide, the first of its kind for Montana, provides the framework and directions for accomplishing this task. Learn more

Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan

The Plan includes a system to classify all nonindigenous aquatic species in Montana, identifies the proper management for each class, details current authorities and programs, and sets objectives that will lead to the accomplishment of the Plan goal. Learn more

Flathead Lake Co-Management Plan

The co-management plan addresses the interconnected fisheries of Flathead Lake, the Flathead River upstream of the lake and its North and Middle Forks, the South Fork downstream from Hungry Horse Dam, and the Swan River downstream from Bigfork Dam. The plan sets management direction for the period 2001-2010. Learn more

Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan 2012–2022

The Fort Peck Fisheries Management Plan will guide the Department's management activities on the reservoir for the next 10 years. Included in this plan are prescriptions for managing the major game species, including walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, sauger, lake trout and Chinook salmon. The prescriptions for each species include goals for stocking, goals for population size, goals for angler catch rates, and research needs. The plan also discusses the management approach for fishing tournaments, water quality and zooplankton monitoring, and dealing with aquatic invasive species.

Upper Missouri River Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan

This plan addresses the fisheries of the upper Missouri River Reservoir system including Canyon Ferry, Hauser, and Holter reservoirs, and the Missouri River from Toston to Townsend and between Hauser and Holter Reservoirs. The plan sets management direction for a 10-year period (2010-2019) by providing specific goals and strategies for each of these waters. The plan also provides a framework for continued public involvement in monitoring and evaluating fisheries management activities.