Public comment sought for open water fishing contests proposed for open water 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on open water fishing contests proposed for the 2018 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 proposed fishing contests for here and in other areas* can be found on the FWP Fishing Contest webpage,, or by calling 406-444-2449. All comments must be received on or before Jan. 12.
Comments may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, Attn: Fishing Contests, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or emailed to
 Proposed 2018 Open Water Fishing Contests*for other regions see above.
 South Central Montana, Region 5
April 28
Worden Cat Slam
Yellowstone River (Huntley Dam to Ranchers Dam)
May 12
Annual Yellowstone
Yellowstone River (Huntley Bridge to mouth of Bighorn River)
June 9-10
NBAA Qualifier
Yellowtail Reservoir
July 22
Bighorn River Alliance Carp Tournament
Bighorn Lake
Northeast Montana, Region 7
May 19
Hysham Cat Havoc
Yellowstone River (Hysham Dam to Reservation Creek Road)
May 19
Glendive Catfish Tourney
Yellowstone River and tributaries
June 9
Savage Volunteer Fire Department Catfish Tournament
Yellowstone River (Cottonwood Creek to Sidney Bridge)
July 21
Monster Catfish Roundup
Yellowstone River (Elk Island FAS to ND State Line)
July 28
Forsyth Cat Bash
Yellowstone River (Forsyth Dam to Rosebud County Line)
Sept 8-9
Miles City Spring Cat Frenzy (State Championship)
Yellowstone River (Rosebud County Line to Kinsey Bridge)
Sept 22
Yellowstone River Rats Jig N Crank Fest
Yellowstone River and tributaries
Sept 22
Yellowstone River Classic
Yellowstone River


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