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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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34.5" Walleye out of Canyon Ferry

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. Contests involving any Montana listed species of special concern are prohibited except for lake/reservoir stocked Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout or Westslope Cutthroat Trout, including upper Missouri Cutthroat Trout. All contests involving wild trout in streams/rivers are prohibited with one exception, contests for Brook Trout that are restricted to anglers 14 years or younger are allowed until July 17, 2017.

Important dates

Ice Fishing Contests

Applications for Ice Fishing 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