High water temperatures and low stream flows have prompted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to implement “hoot owl” restrictions on several rivers in Southwest Montana starting Wednesday.
The following sections of rivers will be closed to fishing daily from 2 p.m. to midnight until conditions improve effective Wednesday:
These restrictions come two weeks later in the year than the first restrictions seen in 2015 and 2016.
Regional Fisheries Manager Travis Horton said, “We’ve been fairly fortunate so far this year with flows in general, but temperatures are high and could stay that way for a while.”
Additional restrictions are possible on other stretches of these or other southwest Montana rivers in the coming weeks.
For up-to-date information on restrictions related to drought, visit http://fwp.mt.gov/news/restrictions/.
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