Fishing derbies on tap

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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 Montana’s waters year around, but they often support a great local cause.

Public comment on the fishing contests should be emailed to 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. 20—21: Perch Assault — Lake Mary Ronan

Jan. 20—21: Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby — Bull Lake

Jan. 27—28: Fisher River Valley Fire/Rescue Winter Fishing Derby — Thompson Chain of Lakes

Feb. 1—24: 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: Snappy’s Lake Mary Ronan Perch and Salmon Derby — Lake Mary Ronan

Feb. 24: Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Fishing Derby — Lion Lake

Feb. 24—25: Perch Assault – Middle Thompson Lake

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