FWP releases report on Madison River fishing pressureNews Type: State Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
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Most of the anglers on the upper Madison River aren’t from Montana. About half the boats downstream of Lyons Bridge are guides. People are still catching a lot of fish, but there are also a lot of people who aren’t so thrilled with the overall experience of searching for trout on one of the country’s most iconic streams.
Those are just some of the findings in a new report from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks that compiled survey data to get a sense of the crowding situation on the Madison River between Hebgen Dam and Ennis Dam, a 54-mile piece of river best known as the upper Madison.
The comprehensive report, released this week, comes months after the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission torpedoed an FWP proposal for rules limiting outfitters on the Madison. The commission voted to form a negotiated rulemaking committee to draft new rules for the river by mid-April of next year. At its meeting on Monday, the commission will name the committee members.