Comments sought on fishing reg changes
Public comment accepted until September 9
August 14, 2005
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking comment on tentatively approved fishing regulations that would remain in effect through 2007. Comments must be received by September 9, 2005. The FWP Commission is scheduled to take final action on the fishing regulations on October 6, 2005, in Scobey, Montana.
Changes to current regulations include:
Lake Koocanusa: Anglers would be allowed to use up to two attended lines with no more than two hooks per line.
Noxon Rapids Reservoir: From Birdland Bay Bridge to Noxon Rapids Dam, the bass limit would be five daily and in possession; except one daily and in possession, with a 22-inch minimum, from June 15 to July 15. This regulation change would clarify the upper boundary of this special bass regulation.
Bull Trout Permit: Bull Trout permit and associated special fishing regulations for Hungry Horse Reservoir, Lake Koocanusa and part of the South Fork of the Flathead River that allow catch-and-release fishing and some limited harvest are subject to negotiation and approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Negotiations will be completed in the fall.
The tentative regulations are available for review on the FWP web site at fwp.state.mt.us ; click on Fishing and look under Hot Topics.
Comments should be sent to Karen Zackheim, Fisheries Operations Bureau Chief, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59601. E-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.