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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved the ice fishing contests for the 2018-19 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Applications for 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 approved fishing contests can be found on the FWP Fishing Contest webpage, http://fwp.mt.gov/fish/whereToFish/contests/, or by calling 406-444-2449.

Approved 2018-19 Ice Fishing Contests

Northwest Montana, Region 1

Dec. 15

Perch Assault – Smith Lake

Dec. 29

Sunriser Lions Family Fishing Derby - Smith Lake

Jan. 12

Wild West Panfish Trail – Smith Lake

Jan. 19

Tobacco Valley Rod & Gun Sophie Lake Derby – Sophie Lake

Jan. 19-20

Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby - Bull Lake

Jan. 26-27

Fisher River Valley Fire/Rescue Winter Fishing Derby - Thompson Chain of Lakes

Feb. 1-23

Perch Pounder - All Region 1 Lakes

Feb. 2

Perch Assault – Middle/Lower Thompson Lakes

Feb. 9

Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Murphy Lake

Feb. 9-10

The Lodge at McGregor Lake – McGregor Lake

Feb. 16

Snappy's Lake Mary Ronan Perch and Salmon Derby - Lake Mary Ronan

Feb. 23

   Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Fishing Derby - Lion Lake

Feb. 24

Wild West Panfish Trail – Upper Thompson Lake

Mar. 2

   Perch Assault – Lake Mary Ronan

Mar. 9-10

Tobacco Valley Rod & Gun Rainbow Derby – Lake Koocanusa


Southwest Montana, Region 3

Jan. 20

Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier - Hebgen Lake

Jan. 26

Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Clark Canyon Reservoir


North Central Montana, Region 4

Jan. 12

Valier Area Development Ice Fishing Derby - Lake Frances

Jan. 19

Western Bar Willow Creek Fishing Derby - Willow Creek Reservoir

Jan. 19-20

Central Montana Perch Derby – East Fork Reservoir

Jan. 26

Ackley Lake Club Ice Fishing Derby – Ackley Lake

Jan. 26-27

Broadwater Lions Perch Derby - Canyon Ferry


Northeast Montana, Region 6

Jan. 26

Annual Chamber Ice Fishing Derby – Fort Peck Dredge Cuts

Jan. 26

Ice Classics - Nelson Reservoir

Jan. 26-27

Arctic Games – Fresno Reservoir

Feb. 9

Hell Creek Marina Ice Fishing Tournament - Fork Peck Reservoir - Hell Creek Bay

Feb. 22-24

44 Hours of Fort Peck – Fork Peck Reservoir


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