Montana Ice Fishing Tournament Feb. 19

Don’t miss the second annual Montana Ducks Unlimited (DU) Ice Fishing Tournament set for Feb. 19 at Canyon Ferry Reservoir.

DU is giving away more than $13,000 in cash and prizes! The Big Fish prize is $2,500 and the angler with the largest walleye and perch will each win $1,000. Registration starts at 7 a.m. in the large tent on the ice at the Silos boat launch. 

Official tournament rules and registration information can be found at

Big ticket prizes include Charles Daly over/under 20-gauge shotguns, Kenetrek boots, Vortex Viper 10X42 binoculars, an Otter Vortex Lodge fish house, Sitka Mountain 2700 backpacks, Aqua View 715C cameras, Camp Chef pellet smokers and $250 in Kenyon Noble gift cards.

Tournament species are walleye, perch and burbot (aka. ling). Entry fees are $40 per person until Feb. 18 and $50 on the day of the event. The youth division (age 17 and under) entry fee is $30 per person until Feb. 18 and $40 on the day of the event. 

The top 10 prizes are determined by the heaviest single fish and the time the fish is registered for two categories: Walleye and perch. There is not a separate category for burbot, however burbot are eligible to win the Big Fish prize, a standalone category, for the tournament. Youth and adult participants are eligible for the Big Fish prize. Back by popular demand is the Smallest Fish contest. The winner will also win a cash prize.

Get to your fishing hole quicker by flocking to The Silos Junction Bar and Grill at 6999 US HWY 287, Townsend, for a pre-registration party from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18. The party is free and you can pick up your tournament registration information there. Food and drinks will be available to purchase onsite and there will be raffles and a small silent auction. 

Grab your gear and your friends and get ready for a great day on the ice. We cannot guarantee you will catch the big one, or the small one, but we can guarantee you will have a great time while supporting DU’s conservation efforts throughout the Montana.

Visit to see the official rules and prize list.