Public comment sought for ice fishing tournaments proposed for the 2016-17 winter season

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on ice fishing contests proposed for the 2016-17 winter season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Applications for ice 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 can be found on the FWP Fishing Contest webpage,, or by calling 406-444-2449. All comments must be received on or before Aug. 26.

Comments may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, Attn: Fishing Contests, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or emailed to


Proposed 2016-2017 Ice Fishing Contests


Northwestern Montana, Region 1

Dec. 31

Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby - Bull Lake

Jan. 7

Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Fishing Derby - Lion Lake

Jan. 14-15

Perch Pounder - All R1 Lakes

Jan. 18

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

Jan. 21

Kalispell Ice Klassik - Smith Lake, Church Slough

Jan. 21-22

Rainbow on Lake Koocanusa - Lake Koocanusa

Jan. 28-29

Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Murphy Lake

Feb. 1-25

Sophie Lake Fish Derby - Sophie Lake

Feb. 4

Sunriser Lions Family Fishing Derby - Smith Lake

Feb. 11

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

Feb. 11-12

The Lodge at McGregor Lake Fishing Derby - McGregor Lake

Feb. 18

Perch Assault - Lake Mary Ronan - Lake Mary Ronan

Feb. 18

Perch Assault - Lower Stillwater Lake - Lower Stillwater Lake

March 4

Perch Assault - Smith Lake - Smith Lake

March 18-19

Wild West Panfish Trail - Blanchard Lake


South Central Montana, Region 3

Jan. 15

Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier - Hebgen Lake

Jan. 28

Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Clark Canyon Reservoir


North Central Montana, Region 4

Jan. 14

Broadwater Lions Perch Derby - Canyon Ferry

Jan. 21

Central Montana Perch Derby - Eastfork Reservoir

Jan. 21

Valier Area Development Ice Fishing Derby - Frances Lake

Jan. 28-29

Willow Creek Fishing Derby - Willow Creek Reservoir


Northeastern Montana, Region 6

Jan. 28

Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Derby - Fork Peck Reservoir - Dredge Cut Pond

Feb. 11

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

Feb. 11

Murph’s Ice Fishing Tournament - Nelson Reservoir