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Warm Water Prompts "Hoot-Owl" Restrictions


HELENA - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) will instituted “hoot-owl” fishing restrictions on many western Montana rivers and streams beginning Friday, July 29 due to warm and rising water temperatures.

The restrictions will close fishing daily from 2 p.m. to midnight until conditions improve. “Hoot owl” restrictions apply to the following stretches of water in west-central Montana, effective last Friday:

• Blackfoot: Entire length

• Blackfoot tributaries: North Fork and Copper, Monture and Morrell Creeks

• Bitterroot: Tucker Crossing, downstream to confluence with Clark...

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