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Public Meetings Set to Discuss Fort Peck Fisheries Plan

Fishing - Region 6

Tue May 31 11:22:00 MDT 2011

Seven public open-house meetings have been scheduled in Eastern and Central Montana to discuss pending revisions to the Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan.
Proposed changes to fishing regulations in the state’s Eastern Fishing District will also be discussed at some of the meetings.
Fort Peck Reservoir, one of the most popular fishing destinations in Montana, charts more than 110,000 angler days annually and an economic value of more than $5 million a year. The fisheries management plan is updated by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and participating members of the public every 10 years. The goal is to have a new 10-year plan completed by January 2012.
The open-house meetings, where FWP biologists will present details about proposed revisions to the plan, are scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m. on the following dates at these locations:
·        June 6, Miles Community College, Room 106, Miles City;
·        June 7, Dawson Community College, Glendive;
·        June 20, Sherman Inn, Wolf Point;
·        June 21, Cottonwood Inn, Glasgow;
·        June 22, Duck Inn, Havre;
·        June 27, FWP Lewistown Area Resource Office,  Lewistown;
·        June 28, FWP Region 5 headquarters, Billings.
According to FWP Region 6 Fisheries Program Manager Steve Dalbey and Acting Region 7 Fisheries Program Manager Mike Backes, the proposed changes to the Eastern District fishing regulations will also be discussed at the open-house meetings in Wolf Point, Glasgow, Havre, Miles City and Glendive. 
The most significant proposed fishing regulation changes include reduced channel catfish limits from 20 to 10 and burbot limits from five to three in the Eastern Fishing District. Other minor regulation changes will also be discussed at these meetings.
FWP last year developed a Web page with information on the Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan and an online survey aimed at gauging user satisfaction with the current fishery and identifying elements of the plan that could be improved.
For more information about the pending plan or to take the survey and to review proposed fishing regulation changes in more detail, visit the agency’s Website at  or call FWP in Glasgow at 406-228-3700 or Miles City at 406-234-0900.