Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Fish, Wildlife & Parks

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Frost, Melissa
Madison River Fish Weir
In mid-August, a floating fish weir started operating on the Madison River north of West Yellowstone, between Baker’s Hole Campground and the U.S. 191 Bridge. The weir traps and collects data from wild trout during their fall spawning migration. The data collection is part of a larger effort targeting the Madison, Duck Creek, and South Fork Madison River tributaries, as well as the Hebgen Reservoir, to help fisheries biologists better manage the fishery. Each fish trapped in the weir is measured, weighed, and examined for signs of disease, and then released. Rainbow and brown trout are also tagged. If you're fishing in the area, stay away from the fish concentrated immediately upstream and downstream from the weir. Anglers who catch tagged rainbow and brown trout should report the tag color, number, date caught, and location of catch to FWP in Ennis at 406-682-7807. Boaters need to portage vessels river-right around the weir. Montana FWP operates the weir in cooperation with the Gallatin National Forest and with funding from PPL Montana.

Hunters, on Your Mark
Are you ready and fit for the hunt? Hunters in Montana must be prepared for a variety of challenging conditions ranging from difficult terrain to adverse weather to endurance retrieval. In the weeks before the hunt, hunters should focus on cardiovascular fitness and endurance, muscle strength, and flexibility. Moderate-intensity physical activity such as walking, biking, swimming, or weight training, as well as some stretching will lead to a better hunt and fitness for the entire year. As with any fitness plan, a visit to the doctor is a good place to start.

Unwanted Guests
Aquatic Nuisance Species are non-native plants and animals that invade rivers and lakes and damage native species and ecosystems. Many were inadvertently introduced to North America by the ballast water of ships from other continents. They further spread to Montana on recreational boats, wading boots, and aquariums. They have no natural predators because they are not native, which means they can spread rapidly and outcompete native species. Some of the unwanted guests are Zebra mussels, New Zealand mud snails, whirling disease, and Eurasian watermilfoil. For more information, visit and click on Aquatic Nuisance Species.

Melissa Frost is the information and education manager for region 3 of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department.

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