Hoot-Owl Restrictions Update

I am sharing a post, below, from The Current Seam, the blog of the Crosscurrents Fly Shop in Craig and Helena, Montana. As the post indicates, the State of Montana began placing fishing restrictions on Montana’s waterways on Friday, July 3 , due to the heat. The restrictions will likely increase. If you are planning on visiting Montana, pay close attention to the updates.

Potential visitors might also look for some lakes to fish (but know that some of these can get dangerously warm for trout, as well). While the current restrictions limit fishing time on my own favorite river, they don’t affect fishing on the lake near which my sisters and I share a cabin. Thus, I, for one, will be doing lots of my fly fishing from a canoe, this summer.

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The Current Seam

Hot and wet, good when you’re with a lady, bad if you’re a fish. To state the obvious it’s hot out there and with little relief in the forecast Montana F.W.P has issued Hoot-Owl Restrictions on several rivers in the state. Hoot-Owl restrictions mean no fishing from 2 p.m util midnight on effected waterways. Here’s the complete list of rivers under fishing restrictions….

  • The entire length of the Big Hole except from Dickey Bridge to Maiden Rock F.A.S
  • The entire length of the Jefferson River
  • The entire length of the Blackfoot River
  • The entire length of the Bitterroot River
  • The Clark Fork from the headwaters to its confluence with the Flathead River
  • Flint Creek from the Highway 1 bridge downstream to its confluence
  • Silver Bow Creek from its confluence with Warm Springs Creek to the confluence with Blacktail Creek

This portion of the post strictly represents the opinion of the…

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