Written by The Herald-News
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking comment on fishing contests proposed for next year's open water season.
Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish.
Applications for contests may be approved, denied or approved with conditions. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts or require additional access site maintenance when needed.
Here are the proposed open water fishing contests for 2014:
Northwestern Montana, Region 1: March 29-May 19, Spring Mack Days, Flathead Lake; May 3-4, ABA-West, Noxon Rapids Reservoir; May 17-18, TBF Invitational, Noxon Rapids Reservoir; May 17-18, Koocanusa Resort 12th Annual Derby, Lake Koocanusa (USA); May 21-23, BASS Nation Western Divisional, Noxon Rapids Reservoir; June 6-8, ABA West, Noxon Rapids Reservoir; June 14-15, Fathers' Day Family Fishing Festival, Thompson Chain of Lakes; July 19-20, Inland Empire Bass Club Tournament, Noxon Rapids Reservoir; July 26-27, ABA-West, Noxon Rapids Reservoir; July 26-27, Tri-State Bass Tournament, Noxon Rapids Reservoir; Aug. 16-17, Montana BASS Nation Qualifier, Noxon Rapids Reservoir; Aug. 23-24, Great MT Mac Attack/Whitefish Jigfest, Flathead Lake; Sept. 13-14, Montana BASS Nation Qualifier, Cabinet Gorge Reservoir; Sept. 27-Nov. 17, Fall Mack Days, Flathead Lake.
Southwestern Montana, Region 2: June 7-8, Mister Pike Classic, Seeley Lake & Salmon Lake.
South Central Montana, Region 3: June 14, Livingston Firefighters' Kids' Fishing Derby, Sacajawea Park Lagoon.
North Central Montana, Region 4: May 16-18, Fort Benton Spring Classic, Missouri-Marias-Teton River; June 7, Canyon Ferry Carp Safari, Canyon Ferry Reservoir; June 15, Father's Day Fish Derby, Newlan Creek Reservoir; June 28-29, Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival, Canyon Ferry Reservoir; July 12, Broadwater Rod & Gun Walleye Derby, Canyon Ferry Reservoir; July 26-27, Tiber Walleye Tournament, Tiber Reservoir, Lake Elwell; Aug. 2, Camp-Make-A-Dream Walleye Benefit, Canyon Ferry Reservoir; Aug. 8, John Arnold Fish Derby, Hauser Reservoir; Aug. 9, MRF Carp Rodeo, Missouri River.
East-Central Montana, Region 5: May 10, Yellowstone Challenge, Yellowstone River; June 14, TBF Invitational, Yellowtail Afterbay; June 21-22, ABA Yellowtail Ok-A-Beh Invite, Yellowtail Afterbay; June 27, Bighorn River Alliance Carp Festival, Yellowtail Afterbay; July 12, ABA Yellowtail Barry's Landing Invite, Yellowtail Afterbay; Aug. 8-10, ABA Yellowtail OK-A-Beh #2 Invite, Yellowtail Afterbay; Oct. 4-5, Palace Classic Walleye Tournament, Bighorn Lake.
Northeastern Montana, Region 6: April 19, Tough Guy Tournament, Fort Peck Reservoir; May 31-June 1, Fort Peck-Hell Creek, Fort Peck Reservoir; June 7-8, Rock Creek Walleye Tournament, Fort Peck Reservoir; June 7, Milk River Catfish Classic, 16th Annual, Milk River; June 14-15, Fresno Challenge, Fresno Reservoir; June 21-22, Pikemasters Public Tournament, Fort Peck Reservoir; June 21-22, Hell Creek Men’s Tournament, Fort Peck Reservoir; June 28, Hell Creek Ladies’ Fishing Tournament, Fort Peck Reservoir; July 10-12, Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament, Fort Peck Reservoir; Aug. 2, Women’s Walleye Tournament, Fort Peck Reservoir; Aug. 9-10, Fall Classic Walleye Tournament, Fort Peck Reservoir; Aug. 16, Fishin’ for the Cure, Fort Peck Reservoir; Sept. 27-28, TBF Invitational, Fort Peck Reservoir.
Eastern Montana, Region 7: April 12-13, Tongue River Reservoir Bass Tournament, Tongue River Reservoir; April 26-27, Tongue River Marina Derby, Tongue River Reservoir; May 31-June 1, Powder River Cat Classic, Powder River; June 14, Savage Vol. Fire Dept. Catfish Tournament, Yellowstone River; June 21, Whisker Wrangler Catfish Derby 2014, Spotted Eagle Lake; July 19, Northeast Montana Monster Catfish Round-up, Yellowstone River; Oct. 11, Yellowstone River Rats Jig N Crank Fest, Yellowstone River.
For more information on the proposed contests, visit FWP's webpage at: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/guide/contests/ or call 406-444-2449.