Flows in the Montana section of the Bighorn River hit 12,000 cubic feet per second this week, with little sign that they will slow down any time soon. Snow is still falling in the mountains, it’s raining in the valleys and the high flows are once again angering anglers, homeowners and regional business folks that depend on the fishery for income. One drawback for the fishery has been that all of that water introduces nitrogen into the upper end of the river. That’s been especially hard on rainbow trout, whose numbers have dropped. There’s still plenty of good fishing, though.
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