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Fishing derbies OK'd (IR copy)

Open water fishing derbies have been approved in Montana for 2018.

BRETT FRENCH, Billings Gazette

New MyFWP online portal

Many of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ online users will notice a big change with the unveiling of the new MyFWP online portal.

The new MyFWP portal contains enhanced security measures to ensure user information is better protected. Additionally, the new portal has increased functionality to make it more of a destination for license holders and other FWP customers. The new portal replaced the pre-existing one on Feb. 14.

Similar to the old MyFWP portal, the new portal will allow customers to see the licenses they hold, their drawing results, bonus points, game damage roster standings, tooth and age data, combination license alternate list registration (nonresidents only) and filter what topics of news release they receive by email.

Additional functionality will include the ability to report harvests, as required by some hunting and trapping licenses, and paddlefish tags.

The new portal also allows users to attach their automated licensing system (ALS) information to their account. A new feature allows users to attach another person’s ALS information to their account. This could be convenient for parents or guardians who want their family’s ALS information all under one account.

For help with your MyFWP Portal account and licensing questions, contact the Licensing Bureau, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 444-2950 or

Approved 2018 open water fishing contests

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved the open water fishing contests for the 2018 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Applications for fishing contests may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied by the FWP Fisheries Division in Helena. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts and/or require additional access site maintenance when needed.

Information on the approved fishing contests can be found on the FWP Fishing Contest webpage,, or by calling 444-2449.

North Central Montana, Region 4

  • May 18-20: Fort Benton Spring Classic Fishing Derby Missouri, Marias, & Teton Rivers
  • June 9: Canyon Ferry Carp Safari Canyon Ferry Reservoir
  • June 9-10: Tiber Walleye Tournament Tiber Reservoir/Lake Elwell
  • June 17: Lions Club Father's Day Fish Derby Newlan Creek Reservoir
  • June 23-24: Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival Canyon Ferry Reservoir
  • July 14: Broadwater Rod and Gun Walleye Derby Canyon Ferry Reservoir
  • July 14: Fishin for Fun (Family Fun Days) Women's Tournament Tiber Reservoir/Lake Elwell
  • Aug. 11: Camp Mak-A-Dream Walleye Benefit Canyon Ferry Reservoir
  • Aug. 25: John Arnold Fish Derby Hauser Reservoir

Applications sought for Upland Game Bird Council

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking a member of a local chamber of commerce to fill one vacancy on the Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program Citizens’ Advisory Council. The advisory council is made up of 12 volunteers representing various interests across the state, including a chamber of commerce representative.

The purpose of the council is to advise FWP on the maintenance of a long-term Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program (UGBEP) strategic plan and to evaluate annual UGBEP activities. Participation in the council will require two, two-day meetings and may require travel and an overnight stay, one meeting in the spring and fall. Council members are appointed by FWP Director Martha Williams and serve two or four year terms. The next meeting will be March 26-27 in Helena.

Interested persons may apply online at choose Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program Citizens Advisory Council. The deadline to apply is Feb. 23. FWP anticipates more vacancies as terms end in 2018. Interested persons may apply now in advance of these openings.

For more information, call Debbie Hohler at 444-5647, or e-mail to

Seasonal jobs open for AIS inspection stations

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is recruiting aquatic invasive species watercraft inspectors for the upcoming season. The job opportunities are part of the state’s on-going effort to prevent the spread of non-native mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS).

The seasonal jobs may offer competitive pay with benefits and will generally run from April through October.

To qualify for a seasonal position on the AIS team, applicants must be at least 18 years old, possesses a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Additional skills should include excellent customer service, a strong public service work ethic and the ability to work in a team atmosphere. 

AIS watercraft inspector job information can be found at:

All boaters and anglers are urged to take year-round precautions and to clean, drain and dry their equipment after each use. For more information visit


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