The public will have five weeks to comment on the proposed restrictions for commercial and recreational use of the West Fork and Upper Bitterroot River.
The Ravalli Republic reports the new restrictions would ban floating sections of the river between July 1 and Sept. 15. Commercial use permit holders would only be allowed to float some sections twice per day and would not be able to float designated sections from July 1 to Sept. 15 in addition to those closed to all floats.
The proposed restrictions are the recommendation of a 16 person citizen advisory council. They intend to preserve the quality of fishing opportunities on the river in the face of growing number of anglers on the water every year.
Chrissy Oschell, FWP Region 2 River Recreation Manager, told the RR the public comment period was extended to five weeks from the usual 30 days in anticipation of high interest from the community. There will also be public hearings held in Hamilton, Missoula and Butte.
By Montana Grant
Central to Eastern Montana Fishing Report 11.14.18
FWP seeking information on geese killed at Elk Creek Colony BMA
Idaho Fish and Game Commission suspends steelhead fishing due to threatened lawsuit
Investigation Identifies Grizzly Bear in Surprise Attack Near Columbia Falls
By Moosetrack Megan
Columbia Falls Community Pond Breaks Ground
Informational Meeting on Proposed Mountain Lion Management, Monitoring Strategy
Have you been Mouflon Sheep Hunting?
Upper Salmon River Weekly Steelhead Report 11.12.18
2018 Fall Mack Days – Final Update
Missoula Hunter Shoots Big Bull Elk!
R4: Weather Change Improves Hunter Harvest on Rocky Mountain Front
Hunter Harvest Steady Across West-Central Montana
Hunter attacked by bear near Columbia Falls
12 Year-Old “Quick Draw McGraw” Gets His Bull!
10 Year-Old Hunter All Smiles
Whitefish hunter recovering after bear attack
Woody Shuler Gets His Elk!
The Gun Story
Helena Rec Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 11.9.18
THE BEST DAYS!!!
Turn Bolts (with Colonel Smoothbore)