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  • Blackfoot Management strategies: informing direction in the 2024 statewide fisheries management plan

    Patrick Uthe, fisheries biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Aug 24, 2023

    Wild trout management is a cornerstone of fisheries management in Montana. Here in the Blackfoot, a primary focus of our river and stream management program is native, wild trout. The Blackfoot has a long history of habitat restoration with an emphasis on native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout. Actions that benefit these species also improve habitat conditions for nonnative trout that represent an extremely popular and important component of sport fishing opportunity. Several key elements of our management portfolio in these popular...

  • Securing a native trout stronghold in the North Fork Blackfoot River

    Patrick Uthe, Blackfoot Area fisheries biologist - Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks|Feb 21, 2019

    The North Fork Blackfoot River is one of the most important spawning and rearing streams for migratory bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout in the Blackfoot River watershed. Private landowners, watershed groups and government agencies have worked tirelessly for decades to address limiting factors throughout the lower sections of the river. Today, all major diversions on the North Fork have fish screens, resulting in full connectivity for migrating trout. Furthermore, many water conservation...