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2017-2018 ice fishing contests proposed


Mon Aug 21 17:36:04 MDT 2017

Each year, groups and organizations around Montana celebrate a treasured winter tradition with local ice fishing contests.

These contests are permitted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks through a public process to ensure the contest meet regulations and will have no negative impact to the fishery.

Not only are these contests, or derbies, a fun way to fish Montana’s waters year around, but they often support a great local cause.

“Ice fishing is just one of the many ways Montanans enjoy winter months in Big Sky Country and these contests are one of the many fishing opportunities we manage at FWP,” said Eileen Ryce, Fisheries Administrator for FWP.

Public comment on the fishing contests should be emailed to by Sept. 21.

The following are the ice fishing contests and dates proposed for the coming winter:

Northwestern Montana, Region 1

Dec. 30 Sunriser Lions Family Fishing Derby - Smith Lake

Dec. 31 Wild West Panfish Trail - McWennegar Slough

Jan. 7 Wild West Panfish Trail - Blanchard Lake

Jan. 20-21 Perch Assault - Lake Mary Ronan

Jan. 20-21  Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby - Bull Lake

Jan. 27-28  Fisher River Valley Fire/Rescue Winter Fishing Derby - Thompson Chain of Lakes

Feb. 1-24   Perch Pounder - All R1 Lakes

Feb. 4 Wild West Panfish Trail - Echo Lake

Feb. 10 Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Derby - Fort Peck Reservoir - Dredge Cuts

Feb. 10 Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Murphy Lake

Feb. 10-11 The Lodge at McGregor Lake Fishing Derby - McGregor Lake

Feb. 17 Snappy's Lake Mary Ronan Perch and Salmon Derby - Lake Mary Ronan

Feb. 24 Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Fishing Derby - Lion Lake

Feb. 24-25 Perch Assault – Middle Thompson Lake

South Central Montana, Region 3

Jan. 14 Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier - Hebgen Lake

Jan. 27 Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Clark Canyon Reservoir

North Central Montana, Region 4

Jan. 13 Valier Area Development Ice Fishing Derby -  Lake Frances

Jan. 20 Western Bar Willow Creek Fishing Derby - Willow Creek Reservoir

Jan. 20-21 Central Montana Perch Derby - Eastfork Reservoir

Jan. 27-28 Broadwater Lions Perch Derby - Canyon Ferry

Jan. 28 Ackley Lake Club Ice Fishing Derby – Ackley Lake

Northeastern Montana, Region 6

Jan. 27 Ice Classic Fishing Tournament - Nelson Reservoir

Jan. 27-28  Fresno Ice Derby – Fresno Reservoir or First Lake

Feb. 10 Hell Creek Marina Ice Fishing Tournament - Fork Peck Reservoir - Hell Creek Bay