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Madison River Group Grapples with How to Reduce Crowding

Two adopted rules are facing repeal as the group works through this delicate issue.

Madison River Group Grapples with How to Reduce Crowding

Angling pressure has dramatically increased in the past several years on the Madison River (shown here at the old Varney Bridge), but finding an agreeable solution has not been easy. (Joshua Bergan photo)

Montana’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a public hearing via ZOOM to consider a proposed repeal of new rules pertaining to the rest-rotation and walk/wade sections of Montana’s upper Madison River on December 15, 2021 at 10 a.m. The rules were adopted by a 12-member working group in 2021 in an effort to find agreeable solutions to reduce crowding, improve the recreational experience, and address social issues on the Madison. But pushback on two of the rules led the group to vote to recommend that the Commission repeal them.

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