Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Fishing News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/fishing/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en Trout Numbers Remain High in Missouri River http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0965.html Missouri River trout surveys indicate rainbow numbers remain above the long-term average and brown trout numbers are near average between Holter Dam and the town of Cascade, said a state fisheries biologist. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:40:36 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0965.html Bruce Auchly 2016-02-11T19:40:36Z 2016 Open Water Contests Approved http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0964.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved the following open water fishing contests for 2016. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:19:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0964.html 2016-02-02T20:19:00Z Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Lottery Tag Applications Available February 1 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0963.html Paddlefish anglers planning to fish in the Upper Missouri River (From Fort Peck Dam to Fort Benton) will need to apply for an Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Tag. Applications for this drawing will start beginning Feb. 1, and will be available to apply by mail, online at fwp.mt.gov, or by stopping by any regional or area FWP offices. Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2016. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:57:11 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0963.html Marc Kloker 2016-01-25T20:57:11Z Ice Fishing Season is Going Strong, Anglers Encouraged to Practice Safety http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0962.html It’s that time of year when ice anglers are appearing on Montana's waters for the ice fishing season. Ice fishing is a great way to enjoy the winter weather and to catch some nice fish. However, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks remind ice anglers that safety should be the number one concern during a day out on the ice. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:25:45 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0962.html Marc Kloker 2016-01-22T19:25:45Z ICE FISHING CLASS FOR WOMEN FEB 4 & 6 in Kalispell http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0961.html The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is sponsoring an ice fishing class on February 4 and 6. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:31:42 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0961.html 2016-01-19T17:31:42Z SMITH LAKE DERBY ATTRACTS 300+ ANGLERS http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0960.html “This is a great family event,” said Warren Illi, event organizer for the Sunriser Lions Club. “We had a terrific turnout and good weather. It was great to see so many kids catching fish.” Fri, 08 Jan 2016 21:25:32 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0960.html 2016-01-08T21:25:32Z Bull Trout Redd Counts for Waters across Northwest Montana Completed for 2015 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0959.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Fisheries field crews have completed the annual inventory of bull trout spawning sites in the Flathead, Clark Fork and Kootenai drainages, which comprise northwest Montana’s FWP Region One. Experienced observers walk known spawning areas and count the number of spawning nests called redds. Female bull trout excavate a depression in the streambed, deposits her eggs, which are immediately fertilized by a male, and then covers the fertilized eggs with clean gravel. These nests are typically four to six feet long by three feet wide, and easily identified. Redd counts are indicative of the abundance levels of spawning adult bull trout each year and used to assess status of bull trout populations in northwest Montana. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 23:29:33 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0959.html 2015-12-18T23:29:33Z WALLEYES UNLIMITED AND FWP COLLECTING USED CHRISTMAS TREES FOR FISH HABITAT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0958.html The Miles City chapter of Walleyes Unlimited and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have teamed up to continue improving a popular local fishery. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 22:53:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0958.html 2015-12-14T22:53:00Z FWP SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON OPEN WATER FISHING CONTESTS http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0957.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on fishing contests proposed for the open water season of 2016. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:40:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0957.html 2015-11-27T16:40:00Z FWP Seeks Public Comment On Open Water Fishing Contests http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0956.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on fishing contests proposed for the open water season of 2016. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:29:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0956.html 2015-11-25T17:29:00Z Lower Portion of Beaver Creek in Hill County Now Open http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0955.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reopening approximately 25 miles of lower Beaver Creek to both fishing and bait collection. Closure of the creek had taken place from Sept. 1- Nov. 15 as a result of planned dam repairs on Beaver Creek Dam being conducted by Hill County. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:02:14 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0955.html Marc Kloker 2015-11-21T00:02:14Z Walleye Discovered in Swan Lake http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0954.html Two walleye were caught in Swan Lake last week during FWP gill net sampling operations, according to FWP Region One Fisheries Manager Mark Deleray. Deleray noted that these were the first walleye reported from Swan Lake, and it is assumed that these fish originated from an illegal fish introduction. Illegal fish introductions have caused problems in hundreds of waters across the state, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars to rectify. In most cases, the illegal introduction cannot be undone often leading to lost fishing opportunity. In this case, walleye are highly predacious and could impact the native bull trout as well as the kokanee salmon fishery in Swan Lake. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 21:43:54 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0954.html 2015-11-02T21:43:54Z Closing of Beaver Creek in Hill County to be Extended Until Nov. 15 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0953.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will be extending the closure of approximately 25 miles of lower Beaver Creek to both recreational fishing and bait collection. The original plans were to have the creek closed for approximately 45 days; from Sept. 1-Oct. 31. The extension will close the creek through Nov. 15, 2015. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:23:42 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0953.html Marc Kloker 2015-10-28T21:23:42Z Future Fisheries Program Grant Deadline - November 30 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0952.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds landowners, watershed groups, and others that this winter’s deadline to apply for Future Fisheries Improvement Program grants is November 30. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 17:30:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0952.html 2015-10-28T17:30:00Z FWP Seeks Comment On Commercial Bait-Seining Waters http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0951.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a proposed annual rule to approve waters where commercial bait seining is allowed. Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:59:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0951.html 2015-10-16T17:59:00Z Ice Fishing Derbies Approved For This Winter http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0950.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks approved a number of ice fishing contests for 2015-2016. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:19:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0950.html 2015-10-05T17:19:00Z Beaverhead & Big Hole River Recreation Rules Meetings Set http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0949.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host two public meetings in October to take comments and questions about the Beaverhead and Big Hole River Recreation Rules. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:31:49 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0949.html Andrea Jones 2015-09-29T21:31:49Z Partial Closure of Emigrant FAS During Construction http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0948.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is alerting the public to a partial closure of the Emigrant Fishing Access Site on the Yellowstone River beginning at 7 a.m. on Sept. 25 through October 23, 2015. The site will remain open to the public except for a designated work zone. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:15:35 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0948.html Andrea Jones 2015-09-23T22:15:35Z Entire Big Hole Now Open to Fishing http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0947.html Flows have improved on the Big Hole River in southwest Montana. The two remaining angling closures that were in place have been removed. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:35:57 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0947.html Andrea Jones 2015-09-16T17:35:57Z FWP Extends Comment On Proposed 2016 Fishing Regulations http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0946.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced today that the comment period on proposed changes to fishing regulations for 2016 will be extended an extra three weeks until Oct. 3. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:48:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0946.html 2015-09-11T15:48:00Z FWP Extends Comment On Proposed 2016 Fishing Regulations http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0945.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced today that the comment period on proposed changes to fishing regulations for 2016 will be extended an extra three weeks until Oct. 3. Wed, 09 Sep 2015 22:36:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0945.html 2015-09-09T22:36:00Z Applications For Open Water Fishing Contests Due Nov. 1 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0944.html Applications for open water fishing contests for summer 2016 are due to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks by Nov. 1. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:39:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0944.html 2015-09-04T21:39:00Z Lower Portion of Beaver Creek in Hill County to be Closed to Fishing http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0943.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will be closing approximately 25 miles of lower Beaver Creek to fishing and bait collection, from September 1st through October 31st, 2015. The closure is taking place as a result of dam repairs on Beaver Creek Dam being conducted by Hill County. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:43:56 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0943.html 2015-08-26T20:43:56Z Public Invited to Comment on Proposed Fishing Regulations: Meetings Slated for Missoula and Kalispell http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0942.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ western regions will host two public meetings to give the public the opportunity to discuss proposed fishing regulations changes for March 2016 through February 2017. The meetings take place at the times and dates below: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:47:58 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0942.html 2015-08-24T22:47:58Z Angling Restrictions Lifted on Several southwest MT Rivers http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0941.html Longer nights combined with cooler air temperatures have made a sustained impact on southwest Montana rivers and their water temperatures. As a result, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has lifted the angling restrictions on several rivers. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:16:38 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_0941.html Andrea Jones 2015-08-24T18:16:38Z