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2016 Open Water Contests Approved


Tue Feb 02 13:19:00 MST 2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved the following open water fishing contests for 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.

Information on the approved fishing contests can be found on FWP's webpage at; click "Fishing" then click "Fishing Contests".  Look for "2016 Approved Open Water Fishing Contests” at the bottom of the page. 

Approved 2016 Open Water Fishing Contests

Region 1

Bull Lake Summer Derby

Aug 6-7

Bull Lake

Fall Mack Days

Sept 23 - Nov 13

Flathead Lake

First Annual Bull Lake Pike Assault

June 25-26

Bull Lake

Flathead River Pike Round Up

June 11

Flathead Lake/River/Sloughs

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

June 18-19

Thompson Chain of Lakes, Crystal & Loon Lakes

Koocanusa Resort & Marina 13th Annual Trout and Salmon Derby

May 14-15

Lake Koocanusa

Montana BASS Nation Spring Buddy Tournament

Apr 30-May 1

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Montana BASS Nation State Championship

Aug 19-21

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Poor Man May

May 21

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Poor Man October

Oct   8

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Poor Man September

Sept   17

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Poor Man June/TBF

June 11-12

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Snappys Big Bass Bash

Apr 23

Echo, Abbot and Peterson Lakes

Snappys Perch Festival

Sept 17

Lake Mary Ronan

Spring Mack Days

Mar 18 - May 15

Flathead Lake

Tobacco Valley Rod & Gun Fishing Derby

July 8-9

Lake Koocanusa

Tri-State Bass Tournament

July 30-31

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Region 3

Livingston Firefighters Annual Kids Trout Derby

June 11

Sacajawea Park Lagoon

Region 4

Broadwater Rod and Gun Walleye Derby

July 16

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Camp-Make-A-Dream Walleye Benefit

Aug 13

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Canyon Ferry Carp Safari

June 11

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival

June 25-26

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Father's Day Fish Derby

June 19

Newlan Creek Reservoir

Fort Benton Spring Classic Fishing Derby

May 20-22

Missouri River, Marias River, Teton River

John Arnold Fish Derby

Aug 27

Hauser Reservoir

Tiber Walleye Tournament

June 11-12

Tiber Reservoir, Lake Elwell

Region 5

Annual Yellowstone Challenge

May 14

Yellowstone River (Huntley Bridge to Mouth of Bighorn River)

Bighorn River Alliance Carp Tournament 2015

June 15

Yellowtail Afterbay Reservoir on Bighorn Lake at OK-A-Beh

Fall Cats Fever

Sept 10-11

Yellowstone River from Huntley Dam to Rancher's Dam

NBAA Qualifier

May 14-15

Yellowtail Reservoir

NBAA Qualifier

July 16-17

Yellowtail Reservoir

Region 6

15th Annual Pikemasters

June 11-12

Fort Peck - Big Dry Arm

17th Annual Milk River Catfish Classic

June 4

Milk River - Bjornberg Bridge to mouth of Milk River.

29th Annual Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament

July 7-10

Fort Peck Reservoir

EMBA / NBAA MT State Championship

Sept 24-25

Fort Peck Reservoir

Fall Classic Walleye Tournament

Aug 6-7

Fort Peck Reservoir: Crooked Creek Bay or Hell Creek Bay

Fishin' For the Cure

Aug 20

Fort Peck Reservoir

Fresno Challenge

May 21-22

Fresno Reservoir

Hell Creek Ladies Fishing Tournament

June 25

Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek State Park)

Hell Creek Walleye Tournament

July 23-24

Fort Peck   Reservoir

Jordan Chapter Tough Guy Tournament

Apr 16

Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)

NBAA Qualifier

May 21-22

Fort Peck Reservoir

Rock Creek Walleye Tournament

June 4-5

Fort Peck Reservoir, Rock Creek Marina

Women's Fishing Tournament

July 30

Fort Peck Reservoir

Region 7

Monster Catfish Roundup

July 16

Yellowstone River Elk Island FAS to the ND State Line

Savage Volunteer Fire Department Catfish Tournament

June 11

Yellowstone River (from Cottonwood Creek downstream to Sidney Bridge)

Yellowstone River Classic

Sept 17

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River Rats Jig N Crank Fest

Oct 15

Yellowstone River, ND state line to Elk Island Boat Ramp