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FWP releases list of ice-fishing contests for 2018-2019 season

Posted at 2:01 PM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 18:13:29-04

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved numerous 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