Public comment sought for ice fishing contests proposed for winter 2016-2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on ice fishing contests proposed for the 2016-2017 winter season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Applications for ice fishing contests may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied by the FWP Fisheries Division in Helena. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts and/or require additional access site maintenance when needed.

Information on the proposed fishing contests can be found on the FWP Fishing Contest webpage,, or by calling 406-444-2449. All comments must be received on or before Aug. 26.

Comments may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, Attn: Fishing Contests, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or emailed to

See the Proposed Contests after the jump


Proposed 2016-2017 Ice Fishing Contests


Northwestern Montana, Region 1

Dec. 31Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby - Bull Lake
Jan. 7Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Fishing Derby - Lion Lake
Jan. 14-15Perch Pounder - All R1 Lakes
Jan. 18Fisher River Valley Fire/Rescue Winter Fishing Derby - Thompson Chain of Lakes
Jan. 21Kalispell Ice Klassik - Smith Lake, Church Slough
Jan. 21-22Rainbow on Lake Koocanusa - Lake Koocanusa
Jan. 28-29Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Murphy Lake
Feb. 1-25Sophie Lake Fish Derby - Sophie Lake
Feb. 4Sunriser Lions Family Fishing Derby - Smith Lake
Feb. 11Snappy's Lake Mary Ronan Perch and Salmon Derby - Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 11-12The Lodge at McGregor Lake Fishing Derby - McGregor Lake
Feb. 18Perch Assault - Lake Mary Ronan - Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 18Perch Assault - Lower Stillwater Lake - Lower Stillwater Lake
March 4Perch Assault - Smith Lake - Smith Lake
March 18-19Wild West Panfish Trail - Blanchard Lake


South Central Montana, Region 3

Jan. 15Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier - Hebgen Lake
Jan. 28Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Clark Canyon Reservoir


North Central Montana, Region 4

Jan. 14Broadwater Lions Perch Derby - Canyon Ferry
Jan. 21Central Montana Perch Derby - Eastfork Reservoir
Jan. 21Valier Area Development Ice Fishing Derby - Frances Lake
Jan. 28-29Willow Creek Fishing Derby - Willow Creek Reservoir


Northeastern Montana, Region 6

Jan. 28Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Derby - Fork Peck Reservoir - Dredge Cut Pond
Feb. 11Hell Creek Ice Fishing Tournament - Fork Peck Reservoir - Hell Creek Bay
Feb. 11Murph's Ice Fishing Tournament - Nelson Reservoir

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