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Conservation > Fisheries Management Statewide Fisheries Management Plan 2023-2026

Montana’s famed fisheries provide amazing recreational opportunities, from blue ribbon trout streams in the west, to the world-famous Fort Peck Reservoir in the east. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks provides abundant fishing opportunities, while protecting native fish species, and critical aquatic habitat. A new comprehensive statewide fisheries management plan is a key piece of that management.

The first Montana Statewide Fisheries Management Plan was implemented in 2013. This is the third 
edition of the plan and was required by new legislation passed in 2021 (SB 360). This edition of the plan was written with the intent of being more prescriptive than the previous two versions, shortened the review duration from 8 years to 4 years, and is more comprehensive. These changes are intended to make plan implementation more responsive to changing conditions and more transparent for the public and decision makers. The plan will be updated every 4 years with extensive input from the public. 

Decision Notice: Statewide Fisheries Management Plan 2023-2026

Part I

  • Part I (PDF)
    Aquatic Habitat, Aquatic Invasive Species and Fish Health, Fish Propagation, Allocation and Distribution, Fisheries Management Tools and Techniques, Youth and Family Fishing, Species Management

Part II: Drainages

Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan