A minnow vending machine has been placed at the Tongue River Marina in Tongue River Reservoir State Park.
The vending machine helps ensure that anglers don't bring minnows into the state from Wyoming. Live bait fish cannot legally be transported across state lines into or out of Montana.
“This regulation is in place in order to reduce the risk of spreading vectors, spreading aquatic invasive species or illegal fish introduction which could threaten the established population,” said Mike Backes, Region 7 fisheries manager.
Bob Peterson, Tongue River Reservoir State Park manager, reported that the park has seen an increase in fishermen as ice conditions continue to improve. He is seeing a good harvest of perch, crappie and walleye so far this season.
For more information on regulations, go to http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/regulations/ or call Region 7 headquarters at 406-234-0900.