Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is advising anglers that portions of the Smith and Sun rivers will close to all fishing daily from 2 p.m. to midnight, beginning July 16. The restrictions will stay in effect until conditions improve.
The hoot-owl restrictions are issued for the Smith River from the confluence of the North and South forks to Eden Bridge south of Great Falls and the Sun River from the U.S. Highway 287 Bridge to the mouth of Muddy Creek.
FWP’s drought policy provides for angling restrictions when flows drop below critical levels for fish, when water quality is diminished or when maximum daily water temperatures reach at least 73 degrees for three consecutive days. Water temperatures of 77 degrees or more can be lethal to trout.