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By Patrick Uthe
Blackfoot Area fisheries biologist - Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks 

Securing a native trout stronghold in the North Fork Blackfoot River

Fisheries conservation in the Scapegoat Wilderness


February 21, 2019

Ron Pierce FWP, retired

North Fork Falls is a natural fish barrier that provides a unique opportunity to establish a secure stronghold of westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout above the falls.

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 projects involving private landowners have improved flow conditions in areas that were plagued b...

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