Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks approved a number of ice fishing contests for 2013-2014.

Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Some contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish. Contact information for each contest can be found at FWP’s website at Click on “Fishing,” then “Montana Fishing Guide” and then “Fishing Competition“.

The following ice fishing derbies are approved for the 2013-14 winter season:

Northwestern Montana, Region 1

  • Dec. 28            Sunriser Lions Smith Lake Family Fishing Derby – Smith Lake
  • Jan 25, 2014    The Perch Assault – Smith Lake
  • Jan 25-26         Fisher River Valley Winter Fishing Derby – Thompson Lakes
  • Feb. 1-22         11th Annual Perch Pounder – Region 1 Waters
  • Feb. 8-9           The Lodge at McGregor Lake Annual Fishing Derby – McGregor Lake
  • Feb. 15            14th Annual Snappy Sport Senter –  Lake Mary Ronan
  • Feb. 15            Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Murphy Lake
  • Feb. 22            Canyon Kids Christmas Fun Lion Lair Fishing Derby – Lion Lake
  • Feb. 22            The Perch Assault – Upper Thompson Lake
  • March 1-2        3rd Annual Bitterroot Bash – Bitterroot Lake
  • March 8           The Perch Assault – Lake Mary Ronan

West Central Montana, Region 2

  • Jan. 25-26        Pike On Ice – Seeley Lake & Salmon Lake

Southwestern Montana, Region 3

  • Jan. 25             Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby – Clark Canyon Reservoir
  • Jan.19              Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier – Hebgen Lake

North Central Montana, Region 4

  • Jan. 25             Western Bar Ice Fishing Derby – Willow Creek Reservoir
  • Jan 25-26         Broadwater Lions Perch Derby – Canyon Ferry (Silos)
  • Feb. 15            Valier Volunteer Fire Dept. Fishing Derby – Lake Francis

Northeastern Montana, Region 6

  • Jan. 25             Murph’s 8th Annual Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament – Nelson Reservoir
  • Jan. 25-26        3rd Annual Fresno Ice Derby – Fresno Reservoir
  • Feb. 1              Hell Creek Ice Fishing Tournament – Hell Creek Bay/Fort Peck Reservoir
  • Feb. 15            17th Annual Ice Fishing Derby – Fort Peck Reservoir

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