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

Posted at 4:30 PM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 17:18:49-04

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,, 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