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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011, 12:32 P.M.

Montana will not extend Rock Creek float-fishing season

FISHING -- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has decided against extending the float-fishing season on Rock Creek east of Missoula.

Rock Creek closes to fishing from boats beginning July 1, but this year FWP considered a three-week float fishing extension because unusually high river flows have prevented most spring floating opportunities.

However, after a seven-day public comment period that yielded more than 150 comments, FWP decided not to move forward with the extension.
Patt Saffel, regional fisheries manager in Missoula, said  public sentiment on the issue was diverse.  There was a lot of appreciation for considering the extension but also a lot of concern. 
FWP decided that changing an established regulation was not warranted.

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