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Fishing Restrictions Lifted, FWP Accepting Contest Applications

Hoot owl restrictions were lifted last week on all sections of the Madison River and Sun River. These were the last fishing restrictions that were still in effect in Montana.

Hoot owl fishing restrictions prohibit fishing each day between 2 p.m. and midnight.

Angling restrictions are implemented based on several considerations: stream flow, water temperatures, angling pressure and other angling restrictions in the area that may divert use to waterways where circumstances are increasing stress on the fishery.

For current information on restrictions and closures, go to


FWP accepting open water fishing contest applications

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting open water fishing contests applications for the 2024 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 proposed fishing contests can be found on the FWP Fishing Contest webpage,  or by calling 406-444-2449. All applications must be received on or before Nov. 1.

Applications may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, Attn: Fishing Contests, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or emailed to [email protected] .

FWP seeking high school student for Future Fisheries citizen review panel

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking a current high school student to fill a two-year term on the Future Fisheries citizen review panel.

FWP’s Future Fisheries Improvement Program grants approximately $1 million annually for projects to improve and restore Montana’s wild fish habitats. The 14-member citizen review panel meets twice a year to review proposals and recommend projects to the Fish & Wildlife Commission for funding.

Review panel members are appointed by the governor, or his representative, and must represent a variety of interests including: conservation districts, commercial agriculture, irrigated agriculture, silviculture, fisheries restoration, Montana anglers, members of the Montana House of Representatives and Senate, high school students, mining reclamation, fisheries, and one ex-officio member from the Montana Department of Transportation.

The commitment includes biannual proposal review and meeting attendance in mid-June and mid-December. This is a volunteer position, but travel and per diem is provided.

For more information, contact Michelle McGree at 444-2432 or [email protected], or visit the website and use the dropdown for the Future Fisheries Review Panel. Applications are located at and the position is open until filled.