Smoky conditions have caused cooler water temps on two rivers in western Montana, meeting criteria to lift fishing restriction was put into effect Wednesday.
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks said all river restrictions from region 2, including the Bitterroot and Clark Fork River, have been lifted. Restrictions were also lifted for the East Gallatin and Gallatin River in southwest Montana for region 3.
Angling restrictions are implemented depending on water temperatures, stream flow, and angling pressure. Other restrictions in the area depend on circumstances that can increase stress on fisheries.
There are still several fishing restrictions and closures in Montana. A full fishing closure was implemented for the Beaverhead River on September 1 from the Big Hole River to Clark Canyon Dam. Other full fishing closures include the Jefferson River and the mouth of Fish Creek on Clark Fork River. Three portions of the Big Hole River are under a full fishing closure and one emergency closure from the Saginaw Bridife to North Fork Big Hole River.
Several hoot owl restrictions are still implemented that restrict fishing from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Portions of the Madison River are under hoot owl restrictions from the Jefferson River to the Madison Damn. The Ruby River from the confluence with Beaverhead River to Duncan District Road Crossing.
Find a full list of fishing restrictions and closures by clicking here.