No Snow in Western Montana
Last week FWP personnel hiked up to the snow-measuring sites up and down the Bitterroot to measure the remaining snow pack for this year. Usually the results that were found don’t happen until some point in July, they reported no snow at a single site. This could mean big trouble for the rivers and the fish come mid to late summer. Some streamflows along the Bitterroot are less than half of normal. This means the fishing through May, June and early July will be better than normal with the hatches arriving earlier and water level low and clearer than normal. But with the good news comes the bad news in which we will probably be paying for it in the summer with lots of river restrictions. The state does lease a couple emergency water sources to help keep the Bitterroot river flowing close to normal and regulate the temperature. To read more about this, refer to the original article in the Missoulian.