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Low, Warm Water Prompts Fishing Restrictions

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BOZEMAN - Low, warm water prompts fishing restrictions on portions of the Lower Madison and Upper Big Hole rivers.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are closing the Lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the Mouth... and Upper Big Hole River from the Headwaters to Dickey Bridge.

These areas will be closed to fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight daily starting on Monday, July 22nd.

FWP orders "hoot owl" closures when maximum water temperatures reach at least 73 degrees for three consecutive days. The preferred water temperature for rainbow and brown trout is about 56 degrees.

Anglers should also be aware that the Jefferson River may soon require similar restrictions.

"The fish need a break," said Region 3 Fisheries Manager Travis Horton. "We will continue to work together with anglers and irrigators to reduce stress on fish populations whenever possible."

Biologists will continue to monitor the conditions on all southwest Montana rivers. If conditions deteriorate on the Lower Madison and Upper Big Hole, these rivers may be closed to all fishing all times of the day or the closures could be extended to larger reaches.

For details on all emergency angling restrictions and other drought updates, go to the FWP home page by clicking here and select Drought & Fire under the Hot Topics heading, or check the FWP online fishing guide.

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