With the opening of the general stream-fishing season on Saturday, May 20, it is time to organize your tackle box and crack open an important book—the new 2006 Fishing Regulations.
"A quick review of the first 14 pages of the regulations provides an important refresher for every angler," says FWP Fisheries Operations Bureau Chief Karen Zackheim.
The Montana fishing regulations cover topics important to warm water and cold water anglers in a handy, small-sized format.
Topics include proper catch-and-release techniques, Montana stream access law, children's fishing waters, fish species identification, river etiquette, safe disposal of dead fish and fish entrails, preventing the spread of whirling disease and noxious weeds, and more.
"The angler's next stop should be the color-coded sections with specific regulations for each of Montana’s three fishing districts," Zackheim said.
Zackheim said there are three important pieces of information missing from the 2006 regulations booklet:
1) the correct bull trout season on Lake Koocanusa is June 1 through Feb. 28,
2) the catfish limit in Eastern Montana is 20 daily and in possession, and
3) the Marias River is open the entire year downstream from the I-15 bridge.
Montana’s fishing regulations are available at all FWP offices and from license providers throughout the state, and on FWP’s 2006 Fishing Regulations web page. The general fishing season will close Nov. 30.
For help planning your first angling trip of the year, visit FWP's Montana Fishing Guide.