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Canyon Ferry

Different issues regarding recreational use of the Bitterroot, Yellowstone and Madison rivers along with no-wake zones at Canyon Ferry Reservoir dominate the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission's April 25 agenda.

The commission meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. in Helena and will be streamed live via video to all FWP regional offices. Audio of the meeting is also streamed online at fwp.mt.gov.

Some of the issues that may draw public interest include: a discussion of the proposed Canyon Ferry no-wake zones; amendments to the administrative rule regarding outfitter and guide use of the upper Bitterroot River; an update on the negotiations concerning possible new rules for Madison River anglers; along with proposals to finalize new fishing access sites along the Yellowstone River.

That's only a portion of the packed agenda, which will also include: a Dailey Lake fishing access site permanent easement; a proposed sharp-tailed grouse reintroduction to western Montana; a Spotted Dog WMA grazing lease; and increased 2019 quotas for Lion Management Unit 560 along the Boulder River Valley and LMUs 590 and 530 extending from the Crow Reservation north past Roundup where landowners are complaining of too many of the big cats.

For the full agenda and background on the scheduled topics, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; under “Quick Links” click “Commission.”

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