Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking public comment on changes to Montana’s fishing regulations. Every four years, fishing regulations undergo a comprehensive review. Anglers are encouraged to offer changes to improve the 2016-2019 fishing regulations. Suggested changes will be proposed to the Fish & Wildlife Commission in July 2015.
Some of the eastern Montana centric ideas being considered include:
* Specifying fish species allowed as live bait in the eastern and central fishing districts
* Mandatory paddlefish harvest reporting
* Implementing a lottery tag system for the Upper Missouri River paddlefish season
* Increasing harvest limit for smallmouth bass on the Yellowstone River
Anglers are invited to participate by reviewing these and other FWP ideas and by contributing additional ideas of their own. Comments can be submitted online or at public meetings. Three meetings have been scheduled in Region 7 at 7 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
Tuesday, May 5 – Dawson Community College Ullman Center, roon 102 in Glendive (300 College Dr.)
Thursday, May 7, at Region 7 FWP office in Miles City (352 I-94 Business Loop)
Tuesday, May 12, at USDA Ag Services Center in Sidney (1500 S. Central Ave.)
To view all the proposed changes, visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov, then click Fishing Regulations-2016-19. Public comments must be submitted by May 31. Comments can also be sent by mail to: Montana FWP Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Tentative regulations will be available for further review and public comment through August, with final regulations presented for Commission approval in October 2015.