Fishing Contests

Fishing Contest Rules


Any event where an entry fee is charged or where people may win prizes for catching fish in Montana is considered a fishing contest.

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Fishing contests involving fewer than 30 people and cash prizes or merchandise worth $500 or less do not require a permit; but must comply with all fishing contest regulations. It is also best to notify the local Regional Fisheries Manager of the date and contact info for the event, just as a heads-up for all parties concerned. All other contests must submit an application and be permitted. No contests will be permitted for holiday weekends, and no contests are allowed involving any Montana listed species of special concern or for wild trout in rivers or streams.

Important dates


Winter Contests

Applications for Winter Contests are accepted between May 1st and July 1st.

Open Water Contests

Applications for Open Water Contests are accepted between September 1st and November 1st of the year prior to the event.

Applications and permits


Late applications will not be accepted, thus it is vital to mark your calendars accordingly. For more information, please review the Reference Guide under "Resources". Get Permits