Montana rivers cool off; fishing restrictions lifted

September 03, 2012 at 01:00 AM

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has lifted afternoon and evening fishing restrictions on the Sun and Smith rivers.

The agency says the central Montana rivers have posted three consecutive days when the water temperature did not exceed 70 degrees, leading state fisheries officials and the Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission to allow fishing throughout the day.

The Smith, Sun and Dearborn rivers have been closed since July 27 to fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight after water temperatures reached at least 73 degrees for three consecutive days. The restrictions were lifted Friday.

The afternoon and evening fishing restrictions remain in effect on the Dearborn River.

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