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Snow melt leads to Great Falls FAS reopening


A fishing access site on the Missouri River south of Great Falls has reopened in the wake of the recent warm weather, says a Fish, Wildlife and Parks official.

(Region 4 - Fishing)

FWP Issues Fish-consumption Advisory Below Oil Spill


BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has issued a consumption advisory for fish caught in the Yellowstone River in the area of a Jan. 17, 2015, oil spill west of Glendive.

(Region 7 - Fishing)

Winter Anglers Can Help To Protect Montana's Waters


Montana's fishing regulations restrict anglers from importing live bait fish into Montana. It is also illegal to release live bait fish of any kind into Montana waters.

(Headquarters - Fishing)

Fish Virus Detected in Montana’s Kootenai River


Fish-health testing by state fisheries biologists in November detected a virus in wild spawning kokanee salmon in the Kootenai River below Kootenai Falls. It marks the first time the common virus, called infectious hematopoietic necrosis, or IHN, has been detected in state waters, said Mark Deleray, fisheries manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Kalispell. While IHN doesn't harm humans, it does occur naturally in Pacific Coast wild salmon, steelhead, and herring and can be passed on to other fish. The virus was known to be present in in portions of Kootenai River that pass through Idaho and Canada. It is not known how long the virus has been at this location in Montana, but since fish can move into Montana from the downstream reaches in Idaho and Canada, it likely has been around for some time.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

Bull Trout Redd Counts for Waters across Northwest Montana Completed for 2014


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Fisheries Field crews have completed the annual inventory of bull trout spawning sites in the Clark Fork, Flathead, and Kootenai drainages, which comprise northwest Montana’s FWP Region One. Experienced observers walk known spawning areas and count the number of spawning nests called redds. Female bull trout excavate a depression in the streambed where she deposits her eggs which are immediately fertilized by a male. These nests, called redds, are typically four to six feet long by three feet wide, or even larger and are easily identified when walking down the stream channel. Redd counts are indicative of the abundance levels of spawning adult bull trout each year. Redd counts are used to assess status and trends in bull trout populations in northwest Montana.

(Region 1 - Fishing)


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