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Lower Big Hole River closed to fishing

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is closing the Lower Big Hole River to fishing, starting Wednesday, due to low water flows. The closure includes the stretch of the river from the Notch Bottom Fishing Access site southeast of Glen to the mouth of the river near Twin Bridges.  Water flows on the Lower Big Hole River have dropped below 100 cubic feet per second, the point at which the Big Hole Drought Management Plan calls for a full fishing closure. The Upper Big Hole River remains on "hoot owl" fishing restrictions, which fishing allowed only from midnight to 2 p.m. The Bitterroot and Jefferson rivers, along with sections of the Clark Fork, Dearborn, Madison, Smith and Sun rivers are also have "hoot owl" fishing restrictions.

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