To help anglers prepare for this year's fishing season, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has produced the 2012 Annual Fishing Newsletter.
The 54-page report on the status of Montana's fisheries is provided by local FWP fisheries biologists who collect data on Montana's heralded rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs. It features color pictures and readable, insider reports on some of Montana's favorite fishing spots.
"Anglers who read the Annual Fishing Newsletter will learn about the fish management, habitat restoration and public access activities of the past year," said Bruce Rich, FWP fisheries bureau chief. "It is a must read for anyone who desires something more than a superficial understanding of what makes Montana's fishing opportunities what they are."
Nearly 400,000 resident and nonresident anglers may be on Montana's waters this fishing season. Stream fishing in Montana opens May 19, the third Saturday in May.
Here are some highlights from the 2012 Fishing Newsletter.