As most of you know it’s been dry and hot here in Montana and fire season has once again started earlier than expected due to the conditions. In some areas, specific fishing restrictions have been placed on specific rivers in order to protect trout populations as water temperatures rise in the late afternoon.
Here’s the straight skinny that will provide you with what you need to know for now if you’re headed our way.
ARE THERE ANY FISHING RESTRICTIONS ON THE KOOTENAI RIVER?
No. We currently have no restrictions on the Kootenai River, are not expecting any, and it’s in excellent shape. Water temperatures coming out of Libby Dam are 54 degrees. It doesn’t get much better than that.
ARE THERE ANY FISHING RESTRICTIONS ON SMALL STREAMS AND TRIBUTARIES OF THE KOOTENAI RIVER?
No. There are currently no fishing restrictions on our local small streams or tributaries of the Kootenai River. However, due to the heat and low water conditions, Linehan Outfitting has decided to voluntarily not fish our small streams and tributaries.
ARE THERE ANY LOCAL FIRES?
Yes. There are two large forest fires near Troy.
ARE THEY DANGEROUS TO EVERY DAY ACTIVITIES?
No. Presently both fires, while close to some homes, are not dangerous while we are recreating or fishing the Kootenai River.
IS THERE SMOKE IN THE AREA?
Yes. There is smoke in the area. Some days it’s worse than others depending on the prevailing wind. Is it nasty and will it prevent you from having a good experience on the Kootenai River each day? Honestly, that kind of depends. We don’t think so. So far, it has not been so bad that it stings eyes or is uncomfortable in anyway.
At the moment we feel very fortunate and looking forward to seeing all of you. We will certainly let you know as your trip date nears if anything dangerous or concerning comes up especially if it may impact your trip.
Please feel free to call anytime for more information and details.