When I first heard the rumor I didn’t pay any attention to it but today I find out it is true. The Montana Dept. of Fish,Wildlife, & Parks is proposing opening the fly fishing section of the Big Hole River to bait fishing. Not only that but they propose to eliminate the slot limit on what you can keep. What they are saying is that there are too many big brown and rainbow trout and the grayling cannot compete and wind up as lunch. The problem with the decline of the grayling is not the brown or rainbow trout but the lack of water.
This proposal already has the tentative approval of the commission which means it’s pretty much a done deal. How ever you have until Sept. 14th to comment on it. You can see the proposed regs. online at fwp.mt.gov uder the fishing category. The public may comment via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and please let em know what you think. This river is one of the finest in the country for trout fishing and now the bureacrats are saying we outa do something about that and get rid of some of these pesky trout. As it is now the bait fisherman still have about 100 miles of the river to fish. I would like to hear lots of comments on this one and send your thoughts to the state fish people who I personally think have been drinking their bath water again.