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Fishing Restrictions Lifted Sept. 1 on Dearborn, Smith, Sun Rivers

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Headlines - Region 4

Fishing restrictions will be lifted noon, Sept. 1, on the Dearborn, Smith and Sun rivers in north central Montana, state officials say.

            The three rivers in Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 4 have been closed to fishing from noon to midnight since July 31 due to high water temperatures. FWP’s fishing closure policy seeks to protect wild trout fisheries when water temperatures exceed 73 degrees for three consecutive days.

            A recent cool front passing through the area has lowered water temperatures considerably, fisheries biologists say, putting less stress on fish.

            “However, the forecast predicts air temps close to 90 degrees by early next week,” says Steve Leathe, FWP Region 4 fisheries manager. “Anglers should carry a thermometer and keep an eye on the water temp. If water temps get into the low 70’s, the best thing to do for the health of the fishery is stop fishing for the rest of the day.”

            For the latest information on drought and fire restrictions and closures around the state, visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov and click on “Drought and Fire Update.”