By Jean Pocha
of the Pathfinder 

Summer heat impacts Blackfoot River


August 10, 2023

The Blackfoot River flows four inches lower than last year at this time, triggering river keepers to ask the public to take precaution when fishing.

Water temperatures have remained about two degrees below the 71 degree threshold that would usher in hoot owl fishing hours, reported the Blackfoot Drought Committee on Aug. 1.

“At this time in the season, we are asking for voluntary ethical fishing restrictions,” said Clancy Jandreau, Blackfoot Challenge water steward. “Keeping fish in the water while removing hooks, letting them rest in your hands underwater until they gain their equil...

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