Bitterroot River Now Under ‘Hoot-Owl’ Restrictions
Darn I knew this would happen, I was just thinking of going over to fish the root but now it is under hoot-owl restrictions. These are to help protect the environment, and you can still fish in the early morning hours.
According to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, today starts the restriction for the Bitterroot. As we all have been dealing with the heat, our waterways are really feeling the effects. With “hoot-owl” fishing restrictions for the root, the area they are referring to is from Veteran’s Bridge on Highway 93 just north of Hamilton, downstream to the confluence with the Clark Fork in Missoula (approximately 55 miles).
What is under restriction in our area?:
- Bitterroot (beginning Aug. 3): Veteran’s Bridge, downstream to confluence with Clark Fork (~55 miles)
- Upper Clark Fork: From headwaters at Warm Springs Ponds to Rock Creek (~100 miles)
- Silver Bow Creek: From the confluence with Blacktail Creek to where it enters Warm Springs Ponds.