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Montana Fishing Regulations

2022 Fishing Regulations (PDF)

 

2022 General Fishing Seasons

 

Rivers & Streams

Lakes & Reservoirs

Western District

Open third Saturday in May through November 30, unless otherwise specified in Exceptions to Standard Regulations.

Open all year

Central District

Open all year, unless otherwise specified in Exceptions to Standard Regulations.

Open all year

Eastern District

Open all year

Open all year

 

Getting Started

Before fishing, you need to determine the following:
  1. Identify which Fishing District you will be fishing (Western, Central, or Eastern).

  2. Read the Standard Regulations that apply to all waters in that District.  

  3. Look up the specific water you will be fishing to see if it is listed as an Exception to the Standard Regulations.  

  4. If that is identified in the Exceptions, these regulations take the place of the Standard Regulations (e.g., season, daily limits, etc.). 

  5. If not listed in the Exceptions, the District Standard Regulations apply. 

2022 Fishing Regulation Corrections/Changes