Public comment sought for open water fishing contests proposed for open water 2019

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on open water fishing contests proposed for the 2019 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Applications for fishing contests may be 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, http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/whereToFish/contests or by calling 406-444-2449. All comments must be received on or before Friday, Jan. 25. Comments may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, Attn: Fishing Contests, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or emailed to fwpfsh@mt.gov.

Proposed 2019 Open Water Fishing Contests

Northwest Montana, Region 1

March 15 to May 12 - Spring Mack Days at Flathead Lake

April 27 to 28 - Big Sky Bass Bash/TBF Series at Echo, Abbot, and Peterson Lakes

April 27 to 28 - MT Bass Nation Team Open at Noxon Rapids Reservoir

April 28 - MT TBF Buddy Series Qualifier at Echo, Abbot and Petersen Lakes

May 11 to 12 - Big Sky Bash Bass/TBF Series at Flathead River, Lake, Sloughs

May 18 to 19 - Koocanusa Resort & Marina Trout and Salmon Derby at Lake Koocanusa

May 18 to 19 - MT TBF State Team Qualifier at Noxon Rapids Reservoir

June 1 - Wild West Panfish Trail at Flathead River and Sloughs

June 8 to 9 - MT TBF Buddy Series Qualifier at Noxon Rapids Reservoir

June 16 - Thompson Chain of Lakes Fathersís Day Family Derby for Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Salmon and Rainbow

June 22 - Bull Lake Pike Strike at Bull Lake

July 20 - Cabinet Gorge Pike Tournament at Cabinet Gorge Reservoir

July 27 to 28 - Tri-State Bass Tournament at Noxon Rapids Reservoir

July 27 to 28 - Tri-State Buddy Tournament/TBF Buddy Series at Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Aug 23 to 25 - MT BASS Nation State Championship at Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Sept 7 - Wild West Panfish Trail at Thompson Chain of Lakes- Middle and Lower

Sept 7 to 8 - MT TBF Semi-Final at Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Sept 9 - Fall Closer Bass Tournament at Cabinet Gorge Reservoir

Sept 10 to 11 - MT TBF Buddy Series Qualifier at Thompson Chain of Lakes- Middle and Lower

Sept 20 to Nov 10 - Fall Mack Days at Flathead Lake

Sept 21 - Bull Lake Pike and Bass Tournament at Bull Lake

Sept 21 to 22 - Noxon Rapids Northern Pike at Noxon Rapids Reservoir

Sept 28 - Big Sky Bash Bass/TBF Series at Echo, Abbot, and Peterson Lakes

Oct 5 - Wild West Panfish Trail at Lake Mary Ronan

West Central Montana, Region 2

April 13 to 14 - Clark Fork Whitefish Tournament at Clark Fork River

A PDF with additional contests in Regions 3 through 7 can be found at http://fwp.mt.gov/fish/whereToFish/contests

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