The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will discuss tentative changes and clarifications to the regulations for the 2005 fishing season at its Aug. 5 meeting in Helena. The proposed changes are available now for public review on the FWP web site at www.fwp.state.mt.us on the Fishing page under Hot Topics, or by calling 406-444-2449.
The proposed changes are limited to: clarifying the regulations on the use of artificial flies and lures; the use of bait; and the possibility of stocking bass in some western fishing district lakes and, as a result, requiring anglers to purchase a warm water fish stamp to harvest these and other warm water sport fish.
“FWP fully revises fishing regulations every four years and in the interim years tries to limit regulation changes to clarifications or to make minor improvements in the language of the regulations,” said Karen Zackheim, FWP Fisheries Division management bureau chief. The regulations were fully revised for the 2004-2007 seasons last summer.
The tentative regulation changes the FWP Commission adopts on Aug. 5 will be available for public review Aug. 9-Sept. 10. Written comments will be accepted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org , or in writing to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: 2005 Fishing Regulations, 1420 East Sixth Ave., P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.
The Commission will make final decisions on the 2005 fishing season regulations at its Oct. 7 meeting.