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FWP SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON OPEN WATER FISHING CONTESTS

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fishing - Region 7

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on fishing contest proposed for the open water season of 2012. Participants in these contests must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish.
Applications for contests may be approved, denied or approved with conditions that would minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts or increase access site maintenance. The restoration of fishing access sites damaged in 2011's spring floods may also impact plans for derbies set to occur at some sites.
Information on all proposed contests is on FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov on the Montana Fishing Guide page, or call 406-444-2449.
The public may comment through Jan. 22, 2012 in writing to: FWP Fisheries Bureau, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT, 59620, or by email to: begiddings@mt.gov.  
Proposed 2012 Open Water Derbies in Eastern Montana
FWP Region 6
April 21                                   Jordan Tough Guy Tournament on Fort Peck Reservoir
June 2                                      13th Annual Milk River Catfish Classic on the Milk River
June 2-3                                   Rock Creek Walleye Tournament on Fort Peck Reservoir
June 2-3                                   Fresno Challenge on Fresno Reservoir
June 14                                    Ladies Hell Creek Walleye Tournament on Fort Peck Reservoir
June 21-22                               Hell Creek Tournament on Fort Peck Reservoir
June 23-24                               12th Annual Pikemasters Public Tournament on Fort Peck  Reservoir
July 12-14                               25th Annual Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament on Fort Peck Reservoir
July 28                                     Women's Walleye Tournament on Fort Peck Reservoir
August 4-6                              Fall Classic Walleye Tournament on Fort Peck Reservoir
Aug 18                                    Fishin' For the Cure on Fort Peck Reservoir
Aug 25                                    Salmon/Lake Trout Tournament on Fort Peck Reservoir
Sept 15-16                               Montana B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Qualifier on Fort Peck Reservoir
Sept 22-23                               TBF Invitational on Fort Peck Reservoir
FWP Region 7
June 9                                      Savage Fire Department Catfish Tournament on the Yellowstone River
July 14                                     Monster Catfish Round-up on the Yellowstone River
October 13                              Yellowstone River Rats Jig N Crank Fest on the Yellowstone River