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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.

2017 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, 2017 through February 28, 2018.