HELENA — State wildlife officials are issuing a reminder for Western Montana anglers.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) notes that general fishing season for rivers and streams in Western Montana does not open until the third Saturday of May.
That means that most rivers and streams and creeks in Western Montana are closed to fishing until May 16 this year.
Some water bodies -- such as the Bitterroot, Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers -- are open year-round with specific regulations for the off-season.
FWP is issuing the reminder after wardens received an uptick in reports recently of people fishing in closed creeks around the Missoula-area.
Lakes and reservoirs are open to fishing year-round, along with a few western Montana streams/creeks and rivers.
Click here to view a complete list of fishing season dates and specific regulations.