By Patrick Uthe
fisheries biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks 

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


August 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 wild fisheries include population monitoring, h...

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