Top Ten: Bitterroot gets new fishing regulations

New regulations for fishing the upper stretches of the Bitterroot River and the West Fork weighed heavilyy on the minds of anglers and business owners in 2017.

With recreational angling contributing an estimated $28 million to the local economy, the new, stricter regulations could have widespread impact. According to the Clark Fork Coalition, the Bitterroot River is one of the largest commercial sport fisheries in the state, and is the third most-fished river in Montana, trailing only the Madison and Big Horn.

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