Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks approved a number of ice fishing contests for 2015-2016. 

Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Some contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish. Contact information for each contest can be found at FWP's website at Click on "Fishing", then "Fishing Contests".  

The following ice fishing derbies are approved for the 2014-15 winter season:

Northwestern Montana, Region 1

Dec. 12, 2015Perch Assault - Smith Lake
Dec. 13Ice Duels Montana - Smith Lake
Dec. 20Perch Masters - Lower Stillwater Lake
Dec. 26Sunriser Lions Smith Lake Family Fishing Derby - Smith Lake
Jan. 23-24, 2016Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby - Bull Lake
Jan. 30-31Fisher River Valley Winter Fishing Derby - Thompson Lake, et al
Feb. 1-28Perch Pounder, 13th Annual - All Region 1 Waterbodies
Feb. 6Snappy’s Lake Mary Family Derby, 16th Annual – Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 13Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Murphy Lake
Feb. 13-14McGregor Lake Annual Fishing Derby - McGregor Lake
Feb. 20Perch Assault - Middle Thompson Lake
Feb. 21Ice Duels Montana - Echo Lake
Feb. 27Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Derby - Lion Lake
March 5Perch Assault - Lake Mary Ronan
March 12-13Bitterroot Bash, 5th Annual - Bitterroot Lake


South Central Montana, Region 3

Jan. 17Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier - Hebgen Lake
Jan. 30Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Clark Canyon Reservoir


North Central Montana, Region 4

Jan. 2Scheels Ice Fishing Derby - Wadsworth Pond
Jan. 23Western Bar Ice Fishing Derby - Willow Creek Reservoir
Jan. 23-24Broadwater Lions Club Perch Derby - Canyon Ferry Reservoir


Northeastern Montana, Region 6

Jan. 30Murph's 10th Annual Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament - Nelson Reservoir
Jan. 30-31Fresno Ice Derby, 5th Annual - Fresno Reservoir
Feb. 2019th Annual Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Derby - Fort Peck/Marina Bay
Feb. 20Hell Creek Ice Fishing Tournament - Fort Peck/Hell Creek Bay


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