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A trout underwater in a Montana stream.

Framework and directions to address challenges to Montana fisheries Statewide Fisheries Management Program & Guide

Montana offers a diversity of quality angling opportunities throughout the state. There are waters to please different types of angling interests, from cold water to warm water, and fly fishing to bait casting. There are places to harvest fish and places to pursue the trophy of a lifetime.

Many of these characteristics can be attributed to the quality of the fisheries habitat in Montana. Still, there are numerous challenges facing Montana’s fisheries including climate change, habitat alteration, and dewatering of streams.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is tasked with managing the state’s fishery resources and addressing these challenges. This Statewide Fisheries Management Program and Guide provides the framework and directions for accomplishing this task.

This plan has been separated into smaller sections for faster downloading.

2019-2027 Statewide Fisheries Management Program and Guide

  • Parts I & II: Pages 1–488
  • Part I: Pages 1–55
  • Part II: Pages 56–488
    • Part II-A
      Drainages: Kootenai, South Fork Flathead, Swan, Flathead
      Pages 59–104
    • Part II-B
      Drainages: Upper Clark Fork, Clark Fork, Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Middle Clark Fork
      ​​​​​​​Pages 105–158
    • Part II-C
      Drainages: Lower Clark Fork, Red Rock, Ruby, Beaverhead, Big Hole, Boulder
      ​​​​​​​Pages 159–206
    • Part II-D
      Drainages: Jefferson, Madison, Gallatin, Upper Missouri, Missouri, Smith
      ​​​​​​​Pages 207–254
    • Part II-E
      Drainages: Sun, Teton, Belt, Missouri-Judith
      Pages 255–299
    • Part II-F
      Drainages: Marias, Upper Milk, Middle Milk, Lower Milk, Musselshell, Fort Peck
      ​​​​​​​Pages 300–361
    • Part II-G
      Drainages: Missouri-Poplar, Lower Missouri, Upper Yellowstone, Bighorn, Middle Yellowstone
      ​​​​​​​Pages 362–412
    • Part II-H
      Drainages: Tongue, Powder, Little Missouri, Lower Yellowstone, Glossary, Acknowledgement