In an effort to protect fish from the stress of low stream flows, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will impose a complete closure to fishing on the Blackfoot River and its important bull trout tributaries effective Thursday, Sept. 5th. The Blackfoot Drought Response Plan calls for a 24-hour a day fishing closure on the main stem Blackfoot and important bull trout tributaries once river flows dip below 500 cfs at the Bonner USGS river flow gauge. Flows were at 467 Tuesday (9/3/13), an unusually low discharge. Based upon 80 years of record, past stream flows condition exceeded this level 88 percent of the time. The all day closure applies to the entire main stem Blackfoot River; Morrell, Gold, Belmont, Cottonwood, Copper, and Monture Creeks; the North Fork of the Blackfoot River; and Landers Fork. The committee will monitor flows daily and lift the fishing closure as soon as conditions improve. (9/4/2013)
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