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Approved 2018 open water fishing contests

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved the open water fishing contests for the 2018 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Applications for fishing contests may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied by the FWP Fisheries Division in Helena. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts and/or require additional access site maintenance when needed.

Information on the approved fishing contests can be found on the FWP Fishing Contest webpage, http://fwp.mt.gov/fish/whereToFish/contests/, or by calling 406-444-2449.

Approved 2018 Open Water Fishing Contests

Northwest Montana, Region 1

Mar 10-11 

Tobacco Valley Rod and Gun Club Rainbow Derby

Lake Koocanusa

Mar 16 - May 12

Spring Mack Days

Flathead Lake

April 21

Big Sky Bass Bash

Echo, Abbot, & Petersen Lakes

April 22

NBAA Qualifier

Lake Mary Ronan

May 5-6

MT BASS Nation Team Open

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

May 12-13

Big Sky Bash Bass/TBF Series

Flathead River & Sloughs

May 19-20

Koocanusa Resort & Marina Trout and Salmon Derby

Lake Koocanusa

May 19-20

NBAA Qualifier

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

June 8-10

Montana BASS Nation State Championship

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

June 9

Wild West Panfish Trail

Flathead River & Sloughs

June 23-24

Bull Lake Pike Strike

Bull Lake

July 28-29

Tri-State Buddy Tournament/NBAA

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Aug 4-5

NBAA Qualifier

Thompson Lakes - Middle & Lower

Aug 18-19

MT TBF State Team Qualifier

Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Sept 8-9

Wild West Panfish Trail

Thompson Lake-Middle & Lower

Sept 21 - Nov 11

Fall Mack Days

Flathead Lake

Sept 22

Bull Lake Pike and Bass Tournament

Bull Lake

Sept 29

Big Sky Bash Bass/TBF

Echo, Abbot, & Peterson Lakes

Oct 6

Wild West Panfish Trail

Lake Mary Ronan

West Central Montana, Region 2

June 9-10

Mr. Pike Classic

Seeley & Salmon Lakes

 

Southwest Montana, Region 3

June 9

Livingston Firefighters Kids Trout Derby

Sacajawea Park Lagoon

June 16

Blacktail Meadows Kid Fishing Derby

Blacktail Meadows Kids Fish Pond

North Central Montana, Region 4

May 18-20

Fort Benton Spring Classic Fishing Derby

Missouri, Marias, & Teton Rivers

June 9

Canyon Ferry Carp Safari

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

June 9-10

Tiber Walleye Tournament

Tiber Reservoir/Lake Elwell

June 17

Lions Club Father's Day Fish Derby

Newlan Creek Reservoir

June 23-24

Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

July 14

Broadwater Rod and Gun Walleye Derby

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

July 14

Fishin for Fun (Family Fun Days) Women's Tournament

Tiber Reservoir/Lake Elwell

Aug 11

Camp Mak-A-Dream Walleye Benefit

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Aug 25

John Arnold Fish Derby

Hauser Reservoir

South Central Montana, Region 5

April 28

Worden Cat Slam

Yellowstone River (Huntley Dam to Ranchers Dam)

May 12

Annual Yellowstone Challenge

Yellowstone River (Huntley Bridge to mouth of Bighorn River)

June 9-10

NBAA Qualifier

Yellowtail Reservoir

June 22

Bighorn River Alliance Carp Tournament

Bighorn Lake

Northeast Montana, Region 6

Apr 21

Jerry Johnston Memorial Tough Guy Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)

May 5-6

Crooked Creek Walleye Classic

Fork Peck Reservoir (Crooked Creek Bay)

May 19-20

Fresno Walleye Challenge

Fresno Reservoir

May 19-20

MT/ND TBF Qualifier

Fort Peck Reservoir Hell Creek)

June 2

Annual Milk River Catfish Classic

Milk River (Junebug Bridge to mouth of the Milk River)

June 2-3

Rock Creek Walleye Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir

June 9-10

Pikemasters Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir (Big Dry Arm)

June 23

Hell Creek Ladies Fishing Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)

July 12-15

Annual MT Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir

July 21

Women’s Walleye Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir

July 28-29

Hell Creek Walleye Tournament

Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)

Aug 11-12

NBAA Qualifier

Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)

Aug 18

Fishin' For the Cure

Fort Peck Reservoir

Sept 22-23

NBAA MT State Championship

Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek)

Southeast Montana, Region 7

May 19

Hysham Cat Havoc

Yellowstone River (Hysham Dam to Reservation Creek Road)

May 19

Glendive Catfish Tourney

Yellowstone River (Fallon Bridge to Intake Dam)

June 9

Savage Volunteer Fire Department Catfish Tournament

Yellowstone River (Cottonwood Creek to Sidney Bridge)

July 21

Monster Catfish Roundup

Yellowstone River (Elk Island FAS to ND State Line)

July 28

Forsyth Cat Bash

Yellowstone River (Forsyth Dam to Rosebud County Line)

Sept 8-9

Miles City Spring Cat Frenzy (State Championship)

Yellowstone River (Rosebud County Line to Kinsey Bridge)

Sept 22

Yellowstone River Classic

Yellowstone River (Rosebud/Custer Co. line to Kinsey Bridge)

Oct 13

Yellowstone River Rats Jig N Crank Fest

Yellowstone River (Seven Sisters Island to ND state line)