The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment by April 13 on tentative commercial fishing regulations for Lake Helena and Canyon Ferry Reservoir.
By statute, the Commission is authorized to approve one commercial fishing operation for each body of water and to establish specific regulations. Richard and Donna Greene of Big Sky Carp, LLC have applied for the 2005 commercial fishing permit to harvest carp from Canyon Ferry Reservoir and Lake Helena.
The proposed regulations, which would be in effect through Dec. 31, cover:
* the harvest of carp using seines,
* the areas where these fish may be harvested, and
* how to report these commercial operations to FWP before the fishing begins.
Special restrictions on the Lake Helena harvest from Jan. 1—June 30 were also proposed to protect nesting waterfowl.
For details on the tentative commercial fishing regulations, contact the FWP Helena Fisheries office at 406-444-2449, or visit the FWP web site, Tentative Commercial Fishing Regulations.