Friday, April 18, 2003
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission has extended the biennial rules regarding river recreation for the Beaverhead and Big Hole rivers for two more years. The rules attempt to distribute user groups over time and space during the busy summer season. The FWP Commission adopted the current biennial rules in 2001, after considering input from two citizen advisory groups.
Both rivers currently are managed by biennial rules that were due to expire May 1, 2003. The rules were designed to better distribute angling and floating pressure on the Beaverhead and Big Hole rivers by allocating specific days, river stretches, and access points for resident use, commercially-guided float trips and non-resident anglers.
The rules also reserve different stretches of each river for float fishing by Montana residents on Saturdays or Sundays from the third Saturday in May through Labor Day. Those stretches reserved for resident float fishing, however, continue to remain open to wade fishing by non-resident anglers who access the river on foot.