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Drought Fishing Closure Policy

Montana supports some of North America's most popular fisheries, and through its wild trout policies, encourages self-sustaining fish communities. Water use and natural events, like drought, are part of the equation. While we cannot control natural events, we can limit the additive impact of angling mortality during the stressful conditions created by drought, and help aquatic communities survive the crisis with a better chance to recover quickly. This drought strategy is an attempt to balance recreational opportunity with resource protections based on biological considerations, and to some extent, social parameters.