FWP Press Release – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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FWP Press Release

First off, the Jefferson reopens to fishing on Sept 4 at 12.01 am with no restrctions, Flows and water temps have been improving as irrigation slows and the nights have been cold. Good news for our Brothers in the trade over in Twin Bridges and the streamer junkies around Bozeman too. We might even get over there a bit this week. You can watch the restrcotions and closures throughout the state on FWP’s website and it’s good to see so many starting to come off the list.

The second one involves the annoucnement of the upcoming fall shocking schedule on the Upper Madison. Of course, dates are not set and subject to change. Here is the email copy along with some population guesses from the surveys in past years. My only comment would have to do with why do the populations vary so much year to year. What can be done to smoothen out the graph if they plotted the highs and lows. 2008 was when Hebgen failed, so the years fter 2008 are particularly interesting to me. In that time, I have not heard any public comments on how this has affected the fish populations or theories as to why things have changed so much from year to year. Here’s the email, it comses from Mike Vaughn, the region 3 fish biologist for this project. Read them and ask questions as I think there is much to be learned from this event and these numbers

Hello Folks,

We are about to start our annual Fall electrofishing work on the upper Madison River.

Our standard sections are Pine Butte, which runs three miles of river ending at Lyons Bridge, and the Varney section, which begins at Varney Bridge and ends 4 miles downstream.

Our shocking operation working down the river is methodical. We walk the boat downstream catching fish for around 20 minutes, then take a half hour or so stop to work fish before doing another run. A boat can easily get away from us if desired. A wading angler need simply wait until we float through to have us gone for the day.

At this time I can’t say with certainty when we will be on the water. We are watching water temperatures closely as we don’t want to work when the water is too warm. I will let you know when I have something definite.

Here are a couple of charts showing the trends of trout numbers per mile in these sections. They of course vary over time but remain strong.

madison river fish population surveys