The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission is seeking comment on proposed 2015 fishing regulations. The proposed regulations for March 2015 through February 2016 would retain most of the current regulations with three changes being proposed for the Western and Central fishing districts.
• Lake Mary Ronan—No bag limit on northern pike to protect the kokanee fishery and help suppress this illegally introduced fish.
• Missouri River (Toston Dam to Canyon Ferry Reservoir)—Raise the bag limit for walleye to 12 fish in order to standardize the bag limits between this Missouri River section and Canyon Ferry Reservoir.
• Holter Reservoir—Raise the bag limit for perch to allow greater harvest of a strong year- class moving through the population.
The proposed changes are available for review and comment on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov click on Public Notice.
Comments must be received by midnight, September 12, 2014. The Fish & Wildlife Commission will take final action on the regulations in October. (Fishing - 08/11/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to exchange approximately 35.9 acres of the Marias River Wildlife Management Area (MRWMA) to the Marias River Bird Preserve (Preserve), LLC, who is the adjacent landowner on the southwest boundary of the WMA, for 1) approximately 76.7 acres the Preserve owns along that boundary, 2) extend an existing access agreement to FWP, and 3) grant administrative access across their property to the southern portion of the WMA via that existing access agreement. No monetary exchange would occur as part of this proposal. Locally, the project area is known as Willow Rounds. The proposed exchange would address the current access challenges both landowners have because their lands are not contiguous. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 08/05/2014)
The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared for the revised Logan Fishing Access Site Proposed Development Draft Environmental Assessment. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposed developing a fishing access site (FAS) along the Gallatin River, in the town of Logan. Five (5) public comments were received during the comment period that began July 1, 2014 and ended August 1, 2014.
Based on the Environmental Assessment, public comment, and FWP evaluation, it is my decision to proceed with the proposed action, Alternative B, as described in the Revised Logan Fishing Access Site Proposed Development Draft Environmental Assessment, and develop an FAS in order to provide public access to this stretch of the Gallatin River. (Decision Notices - 08/04/2014)
FWP invites public review of its proposal to acquire fee title to 640 acres currently owned by The Conservation Fund, as an addition to the adjoining 9,475-acre Garrity Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA), 2 miles west of Anaconda in Deer Lodge County. The WMA addition would provide critical winter and spring habitat for elk, is notable for its extensive aspen stand that provides high-quality habitat for multiple species, and would improve public access to the WMA. FWP will also hold a public hearing in Anaconda on August 14th, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Metcalf Memorial Senior Citizen Center (115 East Pennsylvania) to discuss the proposal and take public comment. (Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 08/01/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Region One, has completed an environmental assessment for the Otter Island Fisheries Conservation Area Additions, a proposal to acquire 19.72 acres of island habitats along the Flathead River. If acquired, these parcels will be added to the existing Otter Island FCA that is located along the west side of the mainstem Flathead River, about 1.5 miles east of downtown Kalispell. (Decision Notices - 07/31/2014)