Posted: Aug 22, 2013 11:24 AM by MTN News
Bozeman - The Jefferson River will be completely closed to fishing starting Saturday, August 24 due to warm weather and low water flows, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
A press release from MT FWP said flows on the Jefferson have hit the trigger for a full closure after dropping below 280 cubic feet per second in the Twin Bridges area.
The Jefferson has been under hoot owl restrictions (2 p.m. to midnight) since late July when water temperatures exceeded 73 degrees for a week.
This closure may be lifted when flows on the Jefferson improve to above 300 cfs for seven consecutive days. FWP biologists will continue to monitor all southwest rivers and further restrictions may be necessary.
For more information on the Jefferson River Watershed Council Drought Management plan go to FWP's drought webpage by clicking here.