Quiet Waters - This Friday!

[05.24.2017]

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will take action on the Quiet Waters rule proposal in a meeting rescheduled for May 26 at 8:30 a.m @ Mt. Wild in Helena.

The Commission will hold a work session on May 25 at 4 p.m. at FWP Headquarters in Helena for an overview of the Quiet Waters rule proposal. The Commission will reconvene on May 26 at Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater Ave in Helena to take public comment and make a final decision.

The meeting will be streamed live via video conferencing at all FWP regional offices. The commission will take public comment on the rule proposal at their meeting on May 26, and comments can be given in person at any regional office or at Montana WILD. Both the work session and meeting will be audio streamed live online at http:/fwp.mt.gov.

The commission initiated rulemaking last spring on a petition submitted by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers titled the Quiet Waters Initiative. Public hearings on the proposed rules were held throughout Montana in January and extensive public comment was received. The proposed rules included language restricting motorized boating on a variety of rivers and streams across the state.



AGENDA

Meeting Date: May 26, 2017
Agenda Item: Montana Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Quiet Waters Initiative Petition
Division: Enforcement
Action Needed: Final
Time Needed on Agenda for this Presentation: All Day

Background:
The Commission initiated rulemaking in May, 2016 in response to an individual petition from the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA). The administrative rule proposal recommends restrictions on several major water systems in Montana.

Public Involvement Process & Results:
The public comment period began on November 25, 2016 and ended on February 12, 2017. The original comment period was scheduled to end on January 13, 2017, but due to the complexity of the rules and requests received, the Commission extended the public comment period to February 12. Public hearings were held in Kalispell, Missoula, Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Helena, Glasgow, and Miles City. The Commission received 423 written comments in support and 1019 written comments opposed to either a portion of or the entire rule proposal, 53 comments that were neutral or unrelated to the rule proposal, 62 comments offered alternative language, and one petition containing 648 signatures opposed to the rule proposal in its entirety. At the public hearings, 628 people signed in and 22 people supported a portion or all of the rule proposal, 153 opposed a portion or all of the rule proposal, 5 were neutral, and 2 people were in support of some and opposed to some of the proposed rules.

Alternatives and Analysis:
The Commission is required to amend, adopt, or decide not to adopt the rule proposal. If the Commission adopts or amends the rule proposal, final rule language will reflect the Commission’s decision and be filed with the secretary of state at the most appropriate filing deadline. If the Commission decides not to adopt the rule proposal, current rules, restrictions and regulations will remain unchanged.

Proposed Motions:
I move the Fish & Wildlife Commission adopt the proposed rules.
OR
I move the Fish & Wildlife Commission not adopt the proposed rules.
OR
I move the Fish & Wildlife Commission adopt the following:

TIBER TOURNAMENT RESULTS

[05.24.2017]

Congratulations to all tournament fisherman that attended the Tiber Tournament this past weekend. Here are your top finishers!

1st - Bob Sherer/Darrell Archey - 41.04 lbs
2nd - Jake Monroe/Jeff Ingram - 39.53 lbs
3rd - Scott Collinsworth/Hunter Collinsworth - 28.71 lbs
4th - Travis Kakalecik/Mike Kalalecik - 27.82 lbs
5th - Bill Novak/Brad Novak - 27.41 lbs

Adult/Child
1st - Scott Collinsworth/Hunter Collinsworth - 28.71 lbs

Mixed Couples
1st - Steve Zetterberg/Nikki Montesano - 26.03 lbs

Click here for the official results!

Commission Appointments

[05.24.2017]

Due to actions by the Senate, the two positions remain vacant (District 1 and 5). Candidates carry over from the previous consideration alongwith new applicants. Below are the Governor’s pool of interested applicants

District 1
Tim Aldrich, Missoula
Mark Sweeney, Philipsburg
Joe Cohenour, East Helena
Thomas Platt, Missoula

District 5
Lisa Ballard, Red Lodge
Alexis Bonogofsky, Billings
Shane Colton, Billings
Dale Tribby, Miles City

2017 Montana Walleye Tournaments

[05.24.2017]

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

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

Canyon Ferry Festival has added Koessl construction (Jon Koessl) that sponsored adult child last year and this year is going to do it again but he is upping the game big time! Koessl is giving for 1st adult child $1000 two st croix rod and plaques for 2nd adult child he is doing $500 and plaques for 3rd he is doing $250 and plaques for 4th he is doing $125 and plaques and 5th $100 and plaques!


FORT PECK WALLEYE CIRCUIT
ROCK CREEK TOURNAMENT
JUNE 3-4 2017 (Sat & Sun)
Fort Peck Reservoir
Maximum 125 - 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $200 per Team
ROCK CREEK APPLICATION 2017

MONTANA GOVERNORS CUP
Tournament July 6-8, 2017
Fort Peck, Montana
Maximum 200 - 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $300 per Team
MT GOV CUP APPLICATION 2017

HELL CREEK TOURNAMENT
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
HELL CREEK APPLICATION 2017
HELL CREEK BOUNDRY MAP



OTHER MONTANA WALLEYE TOURNAMENTS
TOUGH GUY TOURNAMENT
April 22nd 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Applications dues by 7:00pm April 21st
Hell Creek
Entry Fee - $80 per Team
TOUGH GUY APPLICATION 2017

BROADWATER ROD AND GUN CLUB
July 15th
Canyon Ferry Reservior
$80/Team
BROADWATER ROD AND GUN CLUB 2017

GLASGOW WOMENTS TOURNAMENT
July 29th
Fort Peck Reservior
$80/Team
GLASGOW WOMENS APPLICATION 2017

JOHN ARNOLD DERBY
August 26th
Hauser Lake
$40/Team
JOHN ARNOLD APPLICATION 2017