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News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

KALISPELL — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ western regions will host a public meeting Sept. 3 at the FWP office in Kalispell, 490 N. Meridian Road, from 5-7 p.m. to give the public the opportunity to discuss proposed fishing regulations changes for March 2016 through February 2017. 

While most current regulations would remain in effect, the proposed changes are largely aimed at making regulations easier to follow and increasing angling opportunities. Proposed changes with local impacts include:

— Increase standard harvest limits for lake trout to 20 daily and 40 in possession.

— Increase the length limit for cutthroat trout harvest from none over 10 inches to none over 12 inches.

— Open Lake Mary Ronan to year-round fishing.

— Establish a bag limit for yellow perch over 10 inches in length to 10 per day on Flathead Lake.

— Restrict terminal tackle to a single point barbless hook on westslope cutthroat trout for eight streams in the Western District where current regulations require catch and release and artificial lures only. This proposal was recently added to the list of tentative regulations and was not identified at the initial scoping meetings.

These proposed changes, along with others, are available for review and comment on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov.

Comments may also be mailed to Joel Tohtz, Fisheries Management Bureau Chief, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59601; or email to fwpfsh@mt.gov. Comments must be received by Sept. 12. The Fish and Wildlife Commission will take final action on the regulations in October.

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