Hungry Horse News
Each year, groups and organizations around Montana celebrate a treasured winter tradition with local ice fishing contests. These contests are permitted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks through a public process to ensure the contest meet regulations and will have no negative impact to the fishery.
Not only are these contests, or derbies, a fun way to fish Montanas waters year around, but they often support a great local cause.
Public comment on the fishing contests should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 21.
The following are the ice fishing contests and dates proposed for the coming winter in Northwestern Montana, Region 1:
Dec. 30: Sunriser Lions Family Fishing Derby Smith Lake
Dec. 31: Wild West Panfish Trail McWennegar Slough
Jan. 7: Wild West Panfish Trail Blanchard Lake
Jan. 2021: Perch Assault Lake Mary Ronan
Jan. 2021: Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby Bull Lake
Jan. 2728: Fisher River Valley Fire/Rescue Winter Fishing Derby Thompson Chain of Lakes
Feb. 124: Perch Pounder All R1 Lakes
Feb. 4: Wild West Panfish Trail Echo Lake
Feb. 10: Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby Murphy Lake
Feb. 17: Snappys Lake Mary Ronan Perch and Salmon Derby Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 24: Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Fishing Derby Lion Lake
Feb. 2425: Perch Assault Middle Thompson Lake