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FWP seeks input on proposed brown trout fishing regulation changes on some rivers

Due to public concern regarding brown trout declines in some popular rivers in southwest Montana, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public input on potential fishing regulation changes.

Studies conducted by FWP and the U.S. Geologic Survey suggest that flow is a primary limiting factor for many brown trout populations. Short-term trends have shown reduced numbers of small, juvenile brown trout in the Big Hole River, Ruby River, Boulder River (tributary to the Jefferson), Beaverhead River, upper Yellowstone River, Madison River, Shields River and upper Stillwater River (tributary...