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FWP To Host Open Houses On Fishing Proposals

In the upcoming weeks, anglers will have several opportunities to comment on fishing regulation proposals for the 2023/24 regulation booklet.

These proposals were developed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff after working with the public on identifying what changes were needed in the current regulations. In all, 42 proposals for the 2023/2024 Montana Fishing Regulations will be out for public comment through Sept. 22. The proposals can be reviewed online at https://fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/ public-comment-opportunities.

The proposals include the addition of a bowfishing season for chinook salmon on Fort Peck Reservoir, this change would increase diversity of opportunity on Fort Peck.

Final commission action on the upcoming fishing regulations will occur at the Oct. 20 meeting. Comments can be submitted online at https://fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/ public-comment-opportunities, emailed to [email protected] mt.gov, or sent to FWP Fishing Regulations, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.

Fisheries staff will host open houses around the state to discuss the proposals and gather additional feedback from the public.

The schedule includes area meetings: Statewide Zoom: Sept. 13, 6 p.m., details to be announced.

Region 6: Sept. 20, 5 p.m., Region 6 Headquarters Quonset Building, 2165 Hwy 2 East Region 7: Sept. 7, 7 p.m., Miles Community College in Miles City, 2715 Dickinson St., Room 106 FWP recently adopted a new fishing regulation process, moving from a four-year cycle to a two-year cycle. As part of the new process, FWP solicited ideas from the public on what regulation changes to consider.

The 42 proposals cover a broad range of regulations. Including a proposal for mandatory catch-and-keep for northern pike on Lake Mary Ronan near Polson. Northern pike were illegally introduced into Lake Mary Ronan and there are concerns that they could adversely impact the other sport fish in the lake as well as the state’s broodstock for kokanee salmon.

All of the 42 proposals are available at https:// fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/public- comment-opportunities in detail along with the rational for each proposal.

As part of the two-year cycle, fishing regulation booklets will be printed every other year. A photo and art contest continues for the front and back covers of the 2023/2024 booklets. Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] mt.gov; the deadline is Oct. 15.

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