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Fishing education

A freshwater drum caught along the Missouri River during the 2017 fishing tour.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is organizing a Northeast Montana Fishing Tour for the public in the eastern half of Region 6.

Participants young and old are welcome to enjoy a few hours of fishing and learning. The tour will be held June 25-28. 

The fishing events are free of charge, and all equipment will be provided by FWP including fishing rods, bait, and tackle, but participants can bring their own equipment. Anglers will register at the site, and no fishing licenses will be necessary during the day of the event. Anglers can fish the whole time, or just show up for a part of the event. The places and times are:

Winter Harbor, Fort Peck: June 25,  5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Lewis and Clark fishing access site, Wolf Point: June 26, 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Snowden Bridge Fishing Access Site, Fairview: June 26, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

American Legion Ponds, Bainville: June 27, 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Box Elder Reservoir, Plentywood: June 27, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Whitetail Reservoir fishing access site, Whitetail/Flaxville: June 28, 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Buer Pond, Madoc/Scobey: June 28 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Participants should be prepared for inclement weather, insects, snakes, and warm conditions. The events will also be weather-dependent; if conditions are not favorable to travel on roads or the weather becomes dangerous, the events will be cancelled and not rescheduled. Drinking water will be provided.

For more information, or if you would like to volunteer to help at the event, contact Region 6 Information and Education manager Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704 (office), 406-480-9234 (cell), or email mkloker@mt.gov.

This is the third year that FWP Region 6 has done a fishing tour. In 2017, fishing events were put on in eight locations in the eastern half of Region 6 and were well attended. In 2018, seven events took place in the western half of the Region, from Malta to Havre, but were poorly attended.

“We had a lot of fun taking people of all ages out fishing the first year,” said Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education manager, “but last year, in the western half of the region, attendance was quite poor; likely for a variety of reasons. We hope that the word gets out on this opportunity and that we get great attendance in the eastern half of the region again.”

The purpose of this tour is to both provide opportunity and learn something about the fisheries in Region 6.

At each event, anglers will be provided information on fishing in Region 6, local fish species, regulations, and some give-a-ways. Participants will also be fishing for local species on the site, using a variety of methods and tactics, and can even learn how to fly-fish.

Anglers can attend the fishing events for as long as they would like and are welcome to go to more than one event in their area. 

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