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Drought causes fishing restrictions in prime locations

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As a wide-spread drought continues to plague the United States, local fisherman are also starting to feel its effects.

With high temperatures and low water levels, local fishermen aren’t allowed to visit some of their favorite spots. Restrictions on the Smith, Dearborn and Sun Rivers have forced fisherman to other locations, including the Missouri River.

Fishing in the area has been good to local anglers and tourists alike, but with Montana and the rest of our nation in a record setting drought, fishing restrictions are becoming stricter. Fishing along the Smith, Dearborn and Sun Rivers is restricted to the early morning hours.

Manager Sara Roholt of Headhunter's Fly Shop in Craig, Mont. says these restrictions are important to not just the fish, but local fisheries as well.

Roholt says, "It's very very easy game, a lot of people would say it's not fair chase because their locked in their spots."

Roholt also says these restrictions will help with the longevity of fisheries and reduce stress for the fish, but this could increase the number of fishermen on the Missouri.

Jacob Golik, local fisherman, says, "Kind of fun in the summer, it's really the only time you get to go hike and fish those smaller rivers otherwise it's pretty difficult, cold and hard and now that their shut down that pushes really the only time I get to fish them is done."

Even though local anglers may be frustrated by the new restrictions, they understand it is vital to the health of the fish and have no problem relocating.

Restrictions on the Smith, Dearborn, and Sun Rivers are limited to what are called "hoot-owl" hours, meaning fisherman can fish these rivers in the morning hours but they are closed for the afternoon and evenings as temperatures pick up.

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