A Call to action for everyone who fishes the Madison River or ever wanted to fish the Madison River. Public comment is open until October 30th, and your comments are very valuable. There are different proposals out there on how to manage the river and we need your comments to not allow rest and rotation.
We (the commercial outfitters), have proposed many regulations on ourselves to help reduce crowding on the river. Although we, are only 12% of the problem we are willing to bend, but not break. We have capped our capacity, we have accepted a tax on using the river and we have tried to be proactive with the increased usage on the river. What we don’t want, is preventing non residents the ability to go fishing or the ability for us to take them fishing. This freedom is definitely in danger right now. We need every comment we can get right now. Whether you fished the Madison 20 years ago or planning a trip for next year, your comments are important. Say No “to rest and rotation”. Do not limit where you can fish next year. Rest and Rotation will only concentrate more angling pressure where the you and other non residents can fish.
Don’t let proposed rules on the Madison take away your ability to access the Madison River, make your voice heard by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission before public comment ends on October 30!
A petition filed by the George Grant Chapter of Trout Unlimited (GGTU), would prohibit the public’s ability to use a boat for fishing access on two stretches of the Madison River from June 15th through September 30th. They are also prohibiting, in the form of “Rest and Rotation”, anglers who choose to use a guide or outfitter from fishing on two additional stretches of the Madison River during this time period. This will eliminate the ability to access 23% of the Madison River, which will only further condense use and increase angler conflicts on the Madison.
The Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana (FOAM), also filed a petition that would cap commercial use at the individual outfitters option of 2019 or 2020 recorded use levels and uses several management tools that will provide long-term sustainability for both the outfitting industry as well as for the communities that have come to depend on the economic impact that the outfitting industry provides.
FOAM and GGTU both agree that a no-cost, no-limit user stamp should be implemented for all non-commercial users on the Madison River. Commercial users have been using and would continue to use their Madison River Special Recreation Permit, which was implemented in 2007, as their user stamp.
GGTU’s petition proposes:
FOAM’s petition proposes:
A link to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, with both petitions:
Please voice your opinion asking Montana’s Fish & Wildlife Commission to not allow the proposed Rest and Rotation and restrictions on boats and other watercraft for angling access proposed in GGTU’s petition to be implemented into a Recreation Plan for the Madison. It unfairly penalizes anglers who chose to use the services of guides and outfitters on the Madison River.