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Tentative Fishing Regulations & Changes Proposed For 2000-2001 Season

Friday, September 17, 1999

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The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission approved tentative fishing regulations for the 2000-2001 fishing season at its Sept. 8 meeting in Helena.

Among the proposed regulations is a change that would limit anglers to one sauger in the Marias River and on the Missouri River upstream from the PN Bridge on State Highway 236. The current regulation is five walleye and/or sauger in combination.

Other waters with proposed regulation changes include:

Canyon Ferry Reservoir where the walleye limit would increase from five to 20 and the yellow perch limit would be set at 50.

Hauser Reservoir where the walleye limit would increase from five to 10 and the yellow perch limit would be set at 50. In addition, brown trout fishing would be catch-and-release only.

Holter Reservoir where the walleye limit would increase from three under 18 inches to five fish daily under 20 inches, or one may be over 28 inches, and all walleye between 20-28 inches must be released.

On the Blackfoot River the daily limit of three trout will no longer have a maximum size restriction of 12 inches for brown trout.

Karen Zackheim, FWP's fisheries management bureau chief, said the change in the sauger limit is an attempt to protect sauger, a native species in Montana that has experienced population declines. The proposed regulation changes on Canyon Ferry, Hauser and Holter reservoirs come in response to FWP's Upper Missouri River Reservoir Management Plan.

In a related action, the Commission tentatively adopted a change to help identify harvested fish. The proposed regulation applies to fish cleaned and filleted in the field. The regulation would require the entire skin of all fish to remain intact until the filet is transported to the permanent residence of the angler. The existing regulation requires only one-square inch of skin to remain attached for non-salmonid species. The proposed regulation would apply to all fish, except paddlefish.

In other action, the Commission tentatively adopted a regulation that would limit anglers to one rainbow trout on the Beaverhead River, but increase the daily limit for trout from three to five. The current regulation is three trout, with only one over 18 inches and only one rainbow trout.

FWP is accepting comments on the tentatively approved fishing regulations through Oct. 22. To receive a copy of the proposed fishing regulation changes or to comment, write to: Fisheries Division, 1420 East Sixth Avenue, PO Box 200701, Helena MT 59620-0701, or call 406-444-2449.