Posts tagged: Madison River
FISHING — A week after an unrelenting heat wave forced Montana to put restrictions on three rivers, Yellowstone Park officials have announced they're closing fishing on portions of three rivers because of unusually warm water temperatures.
Starting Wednesday, park officials will prohibit fishing on the Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls, Firehole River below Keppler Cascades, and the Madison River.
Last week, Montana restricted fishing to early-day hours before 2 p.m. on the Smith, Dearborn and Sun Rivers.
The reason is water temperatures ranging into the high 70s — too warm for trout. Warm weather, hot water from thermal features and low stream flows all are causing the water to warm up.
Warm water can be stressful or even fatal for trout.
Yellowstone officials say the forecast calls for more warm weather and that could cause additional areas to be closed to fishing.
FISHING — A new U.S. Geological Survey monitoring station on the heavily-fished Madison River at the Varney Bridge south of Ennis, Mont., will be a great help for anglers.
The first monitoring device on that section of river in 40 years will provide hourly information on the stream's flow and water temperature.
The gauge is listed on the Montana USGS website as Madison River at Cameron, MT.
Joe Dilschneider of Montana Trout Stalkers in Ennis says the gauge set up last month will help anglers and guides coming from Bozeman see conditions of the river before making the trip.
The gauge will operate between March and October, and deactivated during winter because of heavy ice.