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FWP Seeks Public Comment On Open Water Fishing Contests

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on fishing contests proposed for the open water season of 2016. 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.

Information on the proposed contests can be found on the bottom of FWP web page: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/whereToFish/contests/ or call 406-444-2449. The public may comment on the proposed contests through Dec. 28, 2015. Comments may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT, 59620-0701 or emailed to fwpfsh@mt.gov.

Here is a list of the proposed summer fishing contests for 2016.

Proposed 2016 Open Water Derbies

Region 1

04/23/16

Snappy's Big Bass Bash

Echo, Abbot and Peterson Lakes

05/21/16

Poor Man May

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

06/11/16

Flathead River Pike Round Up

Flathead River/Slough/Flathead Lake

09/17/16

Snappy's Perch Festival

Lake Mary Ronan

09/17/16

Poor Man September

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

10/08/16

Poor Man October

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

03/18/16 - 05/15/16

Spring Mack Days

Flathead Lake

04/30/16 - 05/01/16

Montana BASS Nation Spring Buddy Tournament

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

05/14/16 - 05/15/16

Koocanusa Resort & Marina 13th Annual Trout and Salmon Derby

Lake Koocanusa

06/11/16 - 06/12/16

Poor Man/TBF

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

06/18/16 - 06/19/16

Kickin Horse Saloon & Eatery's Father's Day Fishing Derby

Thompson Chain of Lakes, Crystal & Loon Lakes

06/25/16 - 06/26/16

First Annual Bull Lake Pike Assault

Bull Lake

07/08/16 - 07/09/16

Tobacco Valley Rod & Gun Fishing Derby

Lake Koocanusa

07/30/16 - 07/31/16

Tri-State Bass Tournament

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

08/06/16 - 08/07/16

Bull Lake Summer Derby

Bull Lake

08/19/16 - 08/21/16

Montana BASS Nation State Championship

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

09/23/16 - 11/13/16

Fall Mack Days

Flathead Lake

Region 2

None

Region 3

06/11/16

Livingston Firefighters Kids Fishing Derby

Sacajawea Park Lagoon

Region 4

06/11/16

Canyon Ferry Carp Safari

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

06/19/16

White Sulphur Springs Lions Club Annual Father's Day Fish Derby

Newlan Creek Reservoir

07/16/16

Broadwater Rod and Gun Walleye Derby

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

08/13/16

Camp-Make-A-Dream Walleye Benefit

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

08/27/16

John Arnold Fish Derby

Hauser Reservoir

05/20/16 - 05/22/16

Fort Benton Spring Classic Fishing Derby

Missouri River -Marias River - Teton River

06/11/16 - 06/12/16

Tiber Walleye Tournament

Tiber Reservoir, Lake Elwell

06/25/16 - 06/26/16

Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Region 5

05/14/16

10th Annual Yellowstone Challenge

Yellowstone River

07/15/16

Bighorn River Alliance Carp Tournament

Yellowtail Afterbay Reservoir

05/14/16 - 05/15/16

NBAA Qualifier

Yellowtail Reservoir

07/16/16 - 07/17/16

NBAA Qualifier

Yellowtail Reservoir

09/10/16 - 09/11/16

Fall Cats Fever

Yellowstone River

Region 6

04/16/16

Jordan Chapter Tough Guy Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir: out of Hell Creek

06/04/16

17th Annual Milk River Catfish Classic

Milk River (Juneberg Bridge to mouth of the Milk River).

06/25/16

Hell Creek Ladies' Fishing Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek State Park)

07/30/16

Women's Fishing Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir

08/20/16

Fishin' For the Cure

Fort Peck Reservoir

05/21/16 - 05/22/16

NBAA Qualifier

Fort Peck Reservoir

05/21/16 - 05/22/16

Fresno Challenge

Fresno Reservoir

06/04/16 - 06/05/16

Rock Creek Walleye Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir, Rock Creek Marina

06/11/16 - 06/12/16

15th Annual Pikemasters

Fort Peck - Big Dry Arm

07/07/16 - 07/10/16

29th Annual Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir

07/23/16 - 07/24/16

Hell Creek Walleye Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir

08/06/16 - 08/07/16

Fall Classic Walleye Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir: Crooked Creek Bay or Hell Creek Bay

09/24/16 - 09/25/16

EMBA / NBAA MT State Championship

Fort Peck Reservoir

Region 7

06/11/16

Savage Volunteer Fire Department Catfish Tournament

Yellowstone River (from Cottonwood Creek downstream to Sidney Bridge)

09/17/16

Yellowstone River Classic

Yellowstone River

10/15/16

Yellowstone River Rats Jig N Crank Fest

Yellowstone River and tributaries