The 10-year fisheries management plan for Fort Peck Reservoir will expire in 2022 prompting Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to begin updating the plan for next 10-years. This will be the forth, 10-year management plan for the popular reservoir. Each plan has been developed with regional and state-wide public input that works to establish clear management direction for the Fort Peck fisheries. The current management objective states;
The fishery will be managed primarily as a walleye fishery while also setting goals to maintain a quality multi-species fishery.
The biologically-based components for fisheries management of the Fort Peck fisheries include relative abundance targets for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, sauger, lake trout, chinook salmon, shoreline forage, and pelagic forage (cisco). In addition, there are guidelines for fishing tournaments on Ft Peck.
Over the last decade, walleye populations and other gamefish species in Fort Peck Reservoir have been at or slightly above their long-term average. Favorable runoff from higher elevation snowpack and generally increasing reservoir water levels has resulted in very good habitat and forage conditions. These conditions have greatly benefited the sportfishery and have led to Ft Peck becoming a destination fishery for large walleye, lake trout, chinook salmon and smallmouth bass.
Current Plan: Fort Peck Fisheries Management Plan, 2012-2022 (PDF)
During 2022, FWP will be implementing a user survey, editing the Fort Peck Plan and conducting public meetings to ensure the public has ample opportunity to comment on the plan.
Those interested in the planning process or having questions about the fishery are encouraged to call FWP in Glasgow at 406-228-3700.