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As this issue goes to press, we are receiving word that high water temperatures out West are causing some rivers to be closed to fishing. Since this news might impact your travel plans, we decided to rush this information into print. In coming weeks, as conditions warrant, we will be issuing e-mail news bulletins about additional closures through our Online Extra service. Subscribers who have not upgraded their subscription to Online Extra can read the text of those bulletins on our web site, ( 24 hours after they have been released. Here are the river closures we are currently aware of, starting with Montana:

Big Hole River – The 19-mile stretch of the Upper Big Hole near the town of Wisdom is closed 24 hours a day to all angling due to low instream flow conditions. The closure encompasses the stretch of the river from Rock Creek Road (approximately five miles south of Wisdom) to the mouth of the North Fork (15 miles north of Wisdom).

Bitterroot River – Restrictions apply to a 44-mile stretch of river from Tucker Crossing Fishing Access Site (FAS) near Victor to the confluence with the Clark Fork, just west of Missoula.

Clark Fork River – Affected reaches of the Clark Fork include 137 miles of river from the mouth of Rock Creek near Clinton to the confluence with the Flathead River, approximately 10 miles southeast of Plains.
Gallatin River – The mainstem of the Gallatin is closed from the Interstate 90 bridge downstream to the confluence with the Missouri River.

Madison River – Closures include the mainstem of the Madison River from Ennis Dam downstream to the mouth at Three Forks.

Jefferson River – The entire river has been closed to fishing.

Smith River – The closure applies to the entire 125-mile stretch of the river, which flows from near White Sulphur Springs to the mouth near Ulm.

Sun River – The Sun is closed from Diversion Dam at the mouth of the Sun River Canyon to its mouth at Great Falls, 97 miles downstream.

Thompson River – Water flow in the Thompson River is only about half of normal for this time of year, so the entire river has been closed.

Over in Colorado, the Division of Wildlife is asking anglers to abide by a voluntary fishing closure on the Yampa River through the town of Steamboat Springs. The voluntary closure has been initiated in order to protect trout populations from high water temperature conditions and low stream flows. The closure is in effect for the section of river between the upstream boundary of the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area to the west city limit boundary for the town of Steamboat Springs.

Closures were expected on some of the Montana rivers through September 15 or until water temperatures or flows improve. In Colorado, fisheries managers say they plan to continue monitoring the Yampa and will impose a mandatory closure if conditions do not improve.

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