I hope the biologists still have the final say. Here in Oregon, I was interested in seeing if some regulations could be changed to protect wild trout in some Snake river tributaries. Current regulations are a five fish limit with bait allowed. I was told that any change would have to be backed by most of the local anglers. I other words keep the status quo.One of the positives that is coming out of this issue is the MT Fish and Game Commission’s mandate to involve concerned citizenry in this process. The FWP Fisheries managers and biologists can’t just impose regulation change recommendations. They must seek citizenry inputs and use those inputs to help formulate their recommendations to the commission.
Bass fishing in Montana is about to blow up when all these people need to figure out what to do with the 19 boxes of 7" trout flies they have.
- Implement streamer and sub-surface fly restrictions on some or all of the following rivers or sections of rivers and/or tributaries: Big Hole River, Ruby River, Boulder River (tributary to the Jefferson), Beaverhead River, upper Yellowstone River, Madison River, Shields River, and upper Stillwater River (tributary to the Yellowstone), or any other river fished by Swimmy. This regulation would limit fishing to the use of dry flies only, no longer than 3/16th of an inch, hook size no larger than 22. Mouse patterns and imitations of other terrestrial prey also prohibited, whether they meet the size restrictions or not.
It’s not the brown trout’s fault that 1800s white guys were idiots lol. I would never blame the fish themselves. But maybe if the river/tribs had good passage and were made up of fish that could tolerate and migrate into high gradient oxygenated streams during drought conditions like the native cutthroat then there would be better survivalThose fucking oppressive colonizing brown trout! Indigenous fishes deserve reparations!