This news release was archived on Friday, May 30, 2008
Last year 390,000 anglers purchased fishing licenses.
Residents comprise about 59 percent of the state's fishing-license buyers.
About 33 percent of all adult Montana residents purchase fishing licenses annually.
Nearly 82 percent of angler days are spent seeking trout and salmon.
Some of the rivers that generally receive the most fishing pressure include the Madison, Missouri, Bitterroot, Clark Fork, Bighorn, Yellowstone and Gallatin rivers.
Wild trout are the key to Montana’s cold-water fisheries. Wild trout naturally reproduce in Montana’s rivers and streams and spawn the young that restock Montana’s waters.
FWP plants about 50 million fish each year into more than 800 lakes and reservoirs. Fish plant database statistics show FWP will likely exceed the two billion mark in fish planted from 1923 to 2008.
Montana's 10 fish hatcheries produce sport fish including salmon, trout, grayling, walleye, bass and northern pike.
FWP hatcheries host tours for hundreds of school groups each year and other visitors who stop by to learn about modern fish culture, fish biology, nutrition, genetics, disease control, and the role fish stocking plays in fish management.
The Washoe Park Hatchery in Anaconda and Giant Springs Hatchery in Great Falls have living streams that give visitors a fish-eye view of the underwater world of fish.