Warm water fishing restrictions extended
Continued warm weather and low water flows have led to further fishing restrictions on Montana's rivers, beginning Thursday.
The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is prohibiting fishing from 2 p.m. until midnight on parts of the Clark Fork River and the main stem of the Bitterroot River in western Montana.
The Clark Fork stretch runs from Perkins Lane Bridge near Warm Springs downstream to Flint Creek and then from the Clark Fork-Bitterroot confluence just west of Missoula downstream to the Flathead River.
The agency earlier announced so-called "hoot owl" fishing restrictions on the Lower Madison and Upper Big Hole rivers in southwestern Montana, but, effective Thursday is adding the entire Jefferson River and including a section of the Big Hole River from the Notch Bottom fishing access site southeast of Glen to the mouth.