Montana Fishing Restrictions Now in Effect

Trapper

ISO brown liquor and wild salmonoids
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Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks has issued "Hoot Owl" restrictions on the Smith, Dearborn and Sun Rivers.

With the forecast calling for zero precip and highs in the 90s, other rivers will likely be added to this list soon.

FWP officials said one of the best short-term strategies to address heat-induced stress in Montana’s wild and native trout is to reduce catch-and-release mortality by alerting anglers to fish only in the morning.
“Fishing only in the cool morning hours can help,” said Bruce Rich, chief of FWP Fisheries Division in Helena. “We’re trying to minimize additional stress on wild trout during this summer of high water temperatures and low flows. This is really important among catch-and-release anglers who should reel in their catch and release it as fast as possible. Reducing the time on the line can really help the survival of trout this time of year.”

http://helenair.com/news/local/warm...cle_6f3a6ea2-f02f-11e2-85b1-001a4bcf887a.html
 
#3
OM: One of the reasons I quit fishing the Madison about 15 years ago was its 75 and higher degree water. Do you believe that the high temps were part of the reasons that led to whirling disease?
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#4
OM: One of the reasons I quit fishing the Madison about 15 years ago was its 75 and higher degree water. Do you believe that the high temps were part of the reasons that led to whirling disease?
I never really got into that Whirling disease thing. I just tend to stay away from skinny water that has it. I know of a few places that have it but it isn't close to me so I never go there. But it could be, because that skinny water is where it is hot and the water is low and slow. But like I said, I don't know.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#5
You would never, ever see the ODF&W announce anything like that. That's probably one reason the trout fishing is so much better in Montana than Oregon.
 

Trapper

ISO brown liquor and wild salmonoids
#7
I tend to head for higher elevations when the water temps get mid to upper 60s in the lower elevations. Last week I was riding (horse) next to snow! After one long ride I took off my boots and socks to fill up a solar shower for the guests and my feet got so numb I couldn't feel them.

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