2017 Montana Legislature sessions


As we read the news and follow the bills that come through this years legislative sessions have you ever wondered how you can get in contact with your representative and voice your comments? Click here for a direct link to your representative and voice your comments today!

If you do not have direct access to the bills that are out there, Click on this link to view a list of all 2017 bills. Select the committee you are interested in...I.e. Senate Fish and Game. Then just hit the "Find" button and it brings up the bills they are dealing with and status. Then from this you can access the link to provide comments to the Committee.

2017 Montana Walleye Tournaments


All Walleye Applications will be available as soon as FishTales has been published.

May 20-21 (Sat & Sun)
Lake Elwell near Chester, MT
Maximum 125 – person teams
Entry Fee - $260 per Team

June 10-11, 2017 (Sat & Sun)
Fresno Lake
Maximum 100 – person teams
Entry Fee - $300 per Team

JUNE 24-25, 2017 (Sat & Sun)
Canyon Ferry Lake – Silos
Maximum 150 – 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $260 per Team

MAY 6-7, 2017 (Sat & Sun)
Fort Peck Lake – Crooked Creek Marina
Maximum 75 – person teams
Entry Fee - $200 per Team

JUNE 3-4 2017 (Sat & Sun)
Fort Peck Reservoir
Maximum 125 - 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $200 per Team

Tournament July 6-8, 2017
Fort Peck, Montana
Maximum 200 - 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $300 per Team

JULY 22-24 2017 (Sat & Sun)
Rules meeting July 21st – 7:00PM
Fort Peck Reservoir
Maximum 100 - 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $200 per Team

July 15th
Canyon Ferry Reservior

July 29th
Fort Peck Reservior

August 26th
Hauser Lake

Upper Missouri River Chapter needs your help!


January 12th our club will be holding a meeting to elect officers and discuss the banquet and Legislature Walleye Feed, That meeting will be on January 12th, 6:00 pm at the Eagles on Fee Street in Helena.

January 24th, This is a legislative year, as you all know we do a “MEET AND GREET” at Jorgansen’s for the legislature. That event is on January 25th this year, but we really need members to volunteer to clean and get the fish ready, that will take place on January 24th, about 6:00 pm at Jorgansen’s basement meeting room. Please give us a hand with this.

Please email UMRCWU with questions

2017 Walleye Banquets


Below are the received official 2017 Walleye Unlimited of Montana chapter banquets. If you have changes or need this infomration updated please send your updates to Walleyes Unlimited Webmaster

Great Falls - February 4th
6:30 PM doors open 4 pm. Four seasons
Richard Headley 406-452-4862

Crooked Creek - February 18th
5:00pm Central MT fair grounds trade ctr
Kennie Williams 670-0885

Billings - March 11th
4:00pm Red Lion Convention Center
Bill Mitchell 860-4313

Glendive -March 18th
5:00pm Eastern Plains Event Center
Brian McDanold 989-1065

Fresno - April 22nd
5:00pm Havre Ice Dome
Nate Molstad 230-0342

STATE CONVENTION - Glasgow - April 8th
April 7 – Social (Fri) 5:30pm Elks- Serving Taco Bar
April 8 – Breakfast 7:00am - Meeting – 8:00am
April 8 – Vendor Day starts at 9:00am – 3:00pm
State Convention Dinner starts at 5:30
Block of room at the Cottonwood Inn & Suite Under: WU
Ricci Olson 263-0240

Upper Missouri - Pending-May 13th

Public comment sought on Quiet Waters Initiative


A petition, known as the Quiet Water’s Initiative, was submitted to the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission this past spring by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. The petition states Montana has experienced advanced motorized technology on its waterways, which has potentially opened up waters previously thought to be unusable by motorized water craft. At its regular May meeting, the Commission initiated rulemaking on the petition, stating, in part, the Commission should consider being proactive instead of reactive to the changes in recreation on Montana’s waterways to avoid conflicts and protect traditional and safe recreational uses. Public hearings will be held to obtain public comment

Public hearings on the Quiet Waters Petition will be held at the following times and locations:
• Jan. 3 at the FWP Region 1 office, 490 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell at 6 p.m.
• Jan. 4 at the FWP Region 2 office, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula at 6 p.m.
• Jan. 5 at the FWP Region 3 office, 1400 S. 19th Ave., Bozemen at 6 p.m.
• Jan. 9 at the FWP Region 5 office, 2300 Lake Elmo Drive, Billings at 6 p.m.
• Jan. 11 at the FWP Region 4 office, 4600 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls at 6 p.m.
• Jan. 11 at the FWP headquarters office, 1420 E. 6th Ave., Helena at 6 p.m.

Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments by clicking FWP Quite Waters Proposed Rules. You can also use this link to review the Quite Waters petition and proposal.

Mussel Incident Response Team


Montana has created a Mussel Incident Response Team, which is giving weekly briefings on Thursdays at 1pm Mountain Time to update interested stakeholders on the status of their rapid response to dreissenid mussels. If you are interested in receiving daily briefings and updates, please email MusselResponse@mt.gov.

If you prefer not to receive the daily briefings and updates, you can visit this Montana website, where the “Latest Mussel Detection News” is posted on a regular basis.

Click here to read the official Emergency FWP Order

2016-17 Approved Ice Fishing Contests


Ice fishing season is upon us finally! The weather is dropping quickly and the lakes should be frozen over in the next week. Below are some helpful links for all you Ice Fishermen and tournament seekers!

Approved 2016-17 ice Fishing Contest in Montana
Ice fishing form and River/Lake conditions

Central Montana Perch Derby - Eastfork Reservoir
January 21st 2017
Crooked Creek Chapter -WU
Crooked Creek Ice Derby Poster
Crooked Creek Ice Derby Rules