Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on two Yellowstone River fishing regulation changes recently added to proposed regulations that would take effect next year.
One proposal is to eliminate the special regulations in the Emigrant Bridge to Pine Creek Bridge section of the Yellowstone River, thus resulting in consistent trout regulations from Yellowstone Park to the I-90 bridge at Billings. The new combined trout limit would be four brown or rainbow trout daily and in possession, with only one more than 18 inches long.
The second proposal would remove cutthroat trout from the combined limit for trout on the Yellowstone River from the Highway 78 bridge at Columbus to the I-90 bridge at Billings. This was proposed because efforts to provide a cutthroat fishery in the lower Yellowstone through stocking has ceased and the fish are in very low abundance.
These and other tentative regulation changes will be considered for final adoption by the FWP Commission on Oct. 25 in Havre. The proposed changes will be effective for the 2008-2011 fishing seasons.
Public comment is being accepted on the proposed regulation changes until Sept. 14. A complete description of the proposed changes, and the opportunity to comment, are available at www.fwp.mt.gov . Click "Fishing."