Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Fishing News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en FWP UPDATES EXTENT OF PARASITE DISTRIBUTION IN MONTANA RIVERS Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks released a map today indicating the streams in southwest Montana that have tested positive to date for the presence of Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae (PKX). Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:00:00 GMT 2017-02-07T20:00:00Z Widow Coulee Fishing Access Site Closed for Construction Widow Coulee Fishing Access Site on the Missouri River downstream of Great Falls will be closed for about two months for construction starting Jan. 31. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:50:43 GMT Bruce Auchly 2017-01-26T20:50:43Z Time to Get Your 2017 Bait Fish Seining License Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind bait collectors that a 2017 Commercial Bait Fish Seining License is required for persons 15 years of age and older to seine for and transport bait fish for commercial purposes in Montana, or for any person who seines for and has in his/her possession more than 24 dozen nongame bait fish. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:39:56 GMT Marc Kloker 2017-01-13T18:39:56Z Smith Lake Ice Fishing Derby Attracts 348 Anglers The 45th annual Lions Club Smith Lake Ice Fishing Derby held west of Kalispell on Saturday, December 31 attracted 348 registered anglers. Event organizer Warren Illi, of the Sunriser Lions Club and Flathead Wildlife, Inc., estimated that youngsters comprised 50 percent of the crowd. The surface of Smith Lake looked festive with more than 100 portable ice shelters decked out in multiple colors. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:02:23 GMT 2017-01-03T17:02:23Z Ice Fishing Season is Beginning, Anglers Encouraged to Practice Safety 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, 16 Dec 2016 16:14:25 GMT Marc Kloker 2016-12-16T16:14:25Z Public comment sought for open water fishing contests proposed for 2017 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on open water fishing contests proposed for the 2017 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:07:43 GMT 2016-12-09T17:07:43Z Nelson Reservoir to Remain Low through the Winter Nelson Reservoir, located 20 miles northeast of Malta, will be approximately 15 ft (2206 ft elevation) below full pool elevation of 2221 ft, or 37% of full pool capacity. The reservoir was drawn down to complete a Bureau of Reclamation Safety of Dams project to remedy certain deficiencies associated with the dikes. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:28:00 GMT Marc Kloker 2016-12-07T18:28:00Z Sampling at Tongue River Reservoir shows sport-fish numbers trending upward Sampling efforts by Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 crews at Tongue River Reservoir this summer yielded good news for sport-fish populations and anglers. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:49:00 GMT Marla Prell 2016-11-18T20:49:00Z FWP Seeking Comments For Pine Grove Pond Fas Proposed Acquisition Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP), Region 1, has written a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Pine Grove Pond Fishing Access Site Proposed West Acquisition for the purpose of accepting a donation of one long, narrow parcel of land totaling 5.17 acres between the existing parking areas of Pine Grove Pond FAS and the base of the hillside to the west. The purpose of the donation is to provide a buffer to future development of private land west of the FAS and as potential for future additional parking or other uses as needed. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:37:57 GMT 2016-10-25T14:37:57Z Latrines at Blacks Ford FAS to be Replaced The latrines at the popular Blacks Ford Fishing Access Site on the Madison River 23 miles west of Bozeman are scheduled for demolition and replacement the week of Oct. 24. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:34:21 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-10-20T19:34:21Z Fishing Closure on Upstream Reach of Big Hole to be Lifted Friday Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will lift the fishing closure on the Big Hole River from Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to the confluence of the North Fork Big Hole River and Big Hole River effective Friday. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:36:10 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-09-29T16:36:10Z Bass Tournament at Hell Creek Cancelled, Rescheduled for October The Eastern Montana Bass Association tournament that was scheduled for Sept. 24-25, 2016 on Ft Peck Reservoir was changed due to heavy wind and rain on the date of the event. The rescheduled date for the tournament, based out of Hell Creek Marina, is Oct. 15-16, 2016. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:18:08 GMT Marc Kloker 2016-09-28T03:18:08Z Boat Ramp at Varney FAS to Close Temporarily Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is alerting the public to the temporary closure of the boat ramp at Varney Bridge Fishing Access Site south of Ennis on the Madison River for construction. The closure will go into effect Wednesday, Sept. 21 and remain in place until about Oct. 12 when it is estimated the project will be completed. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:43:52 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-09-20T20:43:52Z FWP Lifts Restrictions on Another Section of the Big Hole Effective immediately, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is lifting the fishing closure on the Big Hole River from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks’ Maiden Rock Fishing Access Site to Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:34:04 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-09-20T16:34:04Z Fishing Restrictions to be Lifted Sunday 9/11 on Jefferson River Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will lift the fishing restrictions on the Jefferson River effective Sunday. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:17:36 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-09-09T21:17:36Z Boat ramp replacement project slated for West Rosebud FAS Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is planning a boat ramp replacement project at West Rosebud Fishing Access Site near Forsyth. Thu, 08 Sep 2016 20:46:00 GMT Marla Prell 2016-09-08T20:46:00Z Fishing Restrictions Lifted on Madison, Gallatin, & E. Gallatin The Madison, Gallatin, and East Gallatin River are now fully open to fishing. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:48:28 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-09-06T17:48:28Z Westslope Cutthroat Trout Restoration Project Planned For Handkercheif Lake September 12-23, 2016 The South Fork Flathead westslope cutthroat trout conservation program will continue this fall with rotenone treatment of Handkerchief Lake. The purpose of this project is to remove nonnative trout and the threat they pose to westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork Flathead drainage. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:11:14 GMT 2016-09-06T17:11:14Z FWP Hosts Public Meeting in Vida to Discuss Redwater Fish Passage Project Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will host an open house at the Vida School to discuss the Redwater Fish Passage Enhancement Project on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 7-9 p.m. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:52:04 GMT Marc Kloker 2016-08-26T15:52:04Z Lower Ruby Fishing Restriction Lifted Effective immediately, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is lifting the hoot-owl fishing restrictions on the Ruby River from Duncan District Road to the confluence with the Beaverhead River. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:21:14 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-08-25T21:21:14Z Alert: Keep Pets Away from Decomposing Fish Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is urging the public to keep pets out of contact with fish carcasses along the banks of the Yellowstone River. While the parasite associated with this fish kill has not been shown to cause health problems in humans or pets, bacteria or other harmful materials associated with decomposing fish could sicken pets. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:12:57 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-08-24T16:12:57Z Public Invited to Comment on Fishing Regulation Adjustments Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking comment on proposed adjustments to the fishing regulations for 2017. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:58:53 GMT 2016-08-19T15:58:53Z Fishing Restrictions Lifted on Section of the Big Hole Effective immediately, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is lifting the hoot-owl fishing restrictions on the Big Hole River from the North Fork Big Hole River to Dickie Bridge. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:35:40 GMT Andrea Jones 2016-08-12T16:35:40Z Falling river levels may affect boat launching; be aware of fire restrictions With falling water levels in the Yellowstone River due to hot and dry conditions, boaters should use caution when launching. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 20:54:00 GMT 2016-08-08T20:54:00Z FWP adds fire restrictions to Yellowstone County properties Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will add to restrictions at its fishing access sites, wildlife management areas and state parks in Yellowstone County Friday. The “Stage II” restrictions will start at midnight Friday morning. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 19:08:08 GMT 2016-08-08T19:08:08Z