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2016 Fishing Regulations

How to Navigate Montana Fishing Regulations

  1. Determine the fishing district you will be in and read the standard regulations that apply to all waters in the District.
  2. Check if the specific water you will be fishing is listed in the district's exceptions to standard regulations (these are listed alphabetically for each district). If the water you plan to fish is identified, the exceptions take the place of the standard regulations for those items listed (i.e. season, daily limits, etc.). If not listed, the district standard regulations apply.

The FWP Commission may formally adopt changes to these fishing regulations, including emergency regulations/closures. Any changes to these regulations will appear on the FWP website and in subsequent printings of the regulation booklet. Emergency regulations or closures are posted at access sites. Anglers must obtain an addendum sheet to make sure they are in compliance with current fishing regulations.

2016 Fishing Regulations

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Fishing Definitions

Pages 20–22

40 KB

License Fees, Requirements, and other Laws

Pages 4–19

974 KB

Approved Out-of-State Leech Dealers


14 KB

Western District General Information

Pages 23–50

587 KB

Western District Standard Daily and Possession Limits

Page 28

17 KB

Bull Trout Fishing Regulations


357 KB

Central District General Information

Pages 51–77

657 KB

Central District Standard Daily and Possession Limits

Page 57

17 KB

Eastern District General Information

Pages 78–93

346 KB

Eastern District Standard Daily and Possession Limits

Page 88

16 KB

Paddlefish Regulations


331 KB

2016 General Fishing Season

Rivers & Streams
Lakes & Reservoirs

Western District

Open third Saturday in May through November 30, unless otherwise specified in Exceptions to Standard Regulations.

Open all year

Central District

Open all year, unless otherwise specified in Exceptions to Standard Regulations.

Eastern District

Open all year

  • Fishing is allowed at all hours during open fishing seasons unless otherwise specified in District Exceptions to Standard Regulations.
  • Fishing regulations valid March 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.