Changes to 2016 fishing regulations

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking public comment on tentative changes to Montana’s fishing regulations for the 2016 season. The Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the tentative regulations for public comment at the August 6, 2015 meeting.

   Some eastern Montana fishing regulation proposals include:

   • Ten fish species allowed as live bait in the eastern and central fishing districts.

   • Seven fish species allowed as live bait at Tongue River Reservoir

   • Mandatory paddlefish harvest reporting

   • Paddlefish harvest tag lottery for Fort Peck-Missouri River fishery only

   • Increase smallmouth bass daily bag and possession limit on the Yellowstone River to ten.

  Anglers are invited to participate by reviewing these and other FWP proposals and contributing comments. Comments can be submitted online or at public meetings. A single public meeting has been scheduled in Region 7 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Dawson Community College’s Ullman Center, Room 102 in Glendive, 300 College Drive.

   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 Sept. 9. Comments can also be sent by mail to: Montana FWP Fisheries division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

   After incorporation of public comments, the tentative regulations will be submitted as final recommendations to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in Oct. 2015.