If you have been fishing this past week you have noticed that the water levels of the Bitterroot have dropped considerably. The storage water from Painted Rocks Reservoir has been delivered to the appropriate users and there is still enough left to support the bull trout population that will remain in the reservoir throughout the winter.
During the past week, two adjustments were made to the outflow gates of the dam and the amount of water released will be 70–75 cfs the remainder of the fall and winter. The fish reaction to this water volume is to scurry to the deeper pools where there is enough water to sustain a food supply and protect them from predators above the water. The small fish become the hunted and the larger fish become the hunters.
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