The linked 2021 article from The Montana Free Press talks about the summer of 2021 and how hot and dry it was and the impact of Montana’s fisheries. By mid-August “restrictions were in place on 17 Montana rivers, mostly “hoot owl” closures that prohibit fishing after 2 p.m., when stream temperatures are warmest and trout are under the most physiological stress. FWP spokesperson Greg Lemon said the number of closures initiated by FWP this season is “exceptionally high.”
Lost between the pandemic and the fires, most of us missed that the climate changes and the increased human population pressure stressed our cold water fishing areas.
The reporter, Amanda Eggert, in this article from Montana Free Press, 20 August 2021, asks the question, is fishing in Montana sustainable?