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Low water levels reduce fishing hours in areas of western Montana through July 4 weekend


MISSOULA, Montana — Low water levels have state wildlife officials reducing fishing hours in certain western Montana waterways heading into Independence Day weekend.

KECI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1C1Zisd) that starting July 3, fishing won't be allowed from 2 p.m. to midnight on Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers, as well as certain parts of Silver Bow and Flint Creeks and the Clark Fork.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 2 Fisheries Manager Pat Saffel says afternoon heat in the low-flowing water is straining the fish.

He said it's earlier in the year than usual for these types of restrictions to be implemented.

The reduced fishing hours will be in place until further notice.

Information from: KECI-TV, http://www.keci.com

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