Future Fisheries projects approved

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission recently approved more than $274,000 for eight projects to improve Montana fisheries.

Future Fisheries Improvement Program projects are planned in areas across Montana, including four west and four east of the Continental Divide.

 The projects will help bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, rainbow trout, brook trout, yellow perch, walleye, and black crappie. Work includes riparian fencing, off-stream water development, planting vegetation to stabilize stream banks, installation of a fish screen to keep trout out of an irrigation diversion, replacing undersized culverts to allow for fish movement, repairing a dam to increase fish habitat in a reservoir, decommissioning unused roads to reduce sediment transport to the stream, and more.

This year’s funding was matched by more than $630,500 from outside sources. Watershed groups, governmental agencies, landowners, and others submitted a total of nine proposed projects.

Applications for the FFIP winter-cycle grants are due by Dec. 1 to FWP’s Fisheries Habitat Bureau. Application forms are available on FWP’s website and from FWP regional offices or the headquarters in Helena.

Any individual or group with a project designed to restore or enhance habitat for wild or native fish may apply for FFIP funding. Applicants are encouraged to work with local FWP fisheries biologists. Landowners and other project partners usually share project costs, extending FFIP dollars.

More information and FFIP applications are available on FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov. Visit the FishMT page, and find the link to the Future Fisheries Improvement Program in the green information box.

Approved FFIP projects


Lincoln / Seeley Lake Area

• Blackfoot River fish screen, Lewis & Clark County 

• Deer Creek road decommissioning, Missoula County


Missoula Area

• LaValle Creek fish passage, Missoula County

• Rattlesnake Creek Cobban fish screen, Missoula County


Bozeman Area 

• Dry Creek channel restoration, Gallatin County

• Horse Creek grazing management and stream restoration, Park County

• Turkey Creek fish passage, Park County


Malta Area

• Little Warm Reservoir dam repair, Philips County




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