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FWP Seeks Comment On 2014 Open Water Fishing Contests
Tue Nov 26 09:09:00 MST 2013
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This news release was archived on Thu Dec 26 09:09:00 MST 2013

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on fishing contests proposed for next year's open water season.

Participants 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. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts or require additional access site maintenance when needed.

Here are the proposed open water fishing contests for 2014:

Northwestern Montana, Region 1
March 29-May 19:  Spring Mack Days - Flathead Lake
May 3-4:  ABA-West - Noxon Rapids Reservoir
May 17-18:  TBF Invitational - Noxon Rapids Reservoir
May 17-18:  Koocanusa Resort 12th Annual Derby - Lake Koocanusa (USA)
May 21-23:  BASS Nation Western Divisional - Noxon Rapids Reservoir
June 6-8:  ABA West - Noxon Rapids Reservoir
June 14-15:  Fathers' Day Family Fishing Festival - Thompson Chain of Lakes
July 19-20:  Inland Empire Bass Club Tournament - Noxon Rapids Reservoir
July 26-27:  ABA-West - Noxon Rapids Reservoir
July 26-27:  Tri-State Bass Tournament - Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Aug. 16-17:  Montana BASS Nation Qualifier - Noxon Rapids Reservoir
Aug. 23-24:  Great MT Mac Attack/Whitefish Jigfest - Flathead Lake
Sept. 13-14:  Montana BASS Nation Qualifier - Cabinet Gorge Reservoir
Sept. 27-Nov. 17:  Fall Mack Days - Flathead Lake

Southwestern Montana, Region 2
June 7-8:  Mister Pike Classic - Seeley Lake & Salmon Lake

South Central Montana, Region 3
June 14:  Livingston Firefighters' Kids' Fishing Derby - Sacajawea Park Lagoon

North Central Montana, Region 4
May 16-18:  Fort Benton Spring Classic - Missouri-Marias-Teton River
June 7:  Canyon Ferry Carp Safari - Canyon Ferry Reservoir
June 15:  Father's Day Fish Derby - Newlan Creek Reservoir
June 28-29:  Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival - Canyon Ferry Reservoir
July 12:  Broadwater Rod & Gun Walleye Derby - Canyon Ferry Reservoir
July 26-27:  Tiber Walleye Tournament - Tiber Reservoir, Lake Elwell
Aug. 2:  Camp-Make-A-Dream Walleye Benefit - Canyon Ferry Reservoir
Aug. 8:  John Arnold Fish Derby - Hauser Reservoir
Aug. 9:  MRF Carp Rodeo - Missouri River

East-Central Montana, Region 5
May 10:  Yellowstone Challenge - Yellowstone River
June 14:  TBF Invitational - Yellowtail Afterbay
June 21-22:  ABA Yellowtail Ok-A-Beh Invite - Yellowtail Afterbay
June 27:  Bighorn River Alliance Carp Festival - Yellowtail Afterbay
July 12:  ABA Yellowtail Barry's Landing Invite - Yellowtail Afterbay
Aug. 8-10:  ABA Yellowtail OK-A-Beh #2 Invite - Yellowtail Afterbay
Oct. 4-5:  Palace Classic Walleye Tournament - Bighorn Lake

Northeastern Montana, Region 6
April 19:  Tough Guy Tournament - Fort Peck Reservoir
May 31-June 1:  Fort Peck-Hell Creek - Fort Peck Reservoir
June 7-8:  Rock Creek Walleye Tournament - Fort Peck Reservoir
June 7:  Milk River Catfish Classic, 16th Annual - Milk River
June 14-15:  Fresno Challenge - Fresno Reservoir
June 21-22:  Pikemasters Public Tournament - Fort Peck Reservoir
June 21-22:  Hell Creek Men’s Tournament - Fort Peck Reservoir
June 28:  Hell Creek Ladies’ Fishing Tournament - Fort Peck Reservoir
July 10-12:  MT Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament - Fort Peck Reservoir
August 2:  Women’s Walleye Tournament - Fort Peck Reservoir
Aug. 9-10:  Fall Classic Walleye Tournament - Fort Peck Reservoir
August 16:  Fishin’ for the Cure - Fort Peck Reservoir
Sept. 27-28:  TBF Invitational - Fort Peck Reservoir

Eastern Montana, Region 7
April 12-13:  Tongue River Reservoir Bass Tournament - Tongue River Reservoir
April 26-27:  Tongue River Marina Derby - Tongue River Reservoir
May 31-June 1:  Powder River Cat Classic - Powder River
June 14:  Savage Vol. Fire Dept. Catfish Tournament - Yellowstone River
June 21:  Whisker Wrangler Catfish Derby 2014 - Spotted Eagle Lake
July 19:  Northeast MT Monster Catfish Round-up - Yellowstone River
Oct. 11:  Yellowstone River Rats Jig N Crank Fest - Yellowstone River

For more information on the proposed contests visit FWP's webpage at: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/guide/contests/; or call 406-444-2449.

Comments are due by Dec. 26. Email comments to fwpfsh@mt.gov, or mail to FWP Fisheries Division; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT; 59620-0701.