A morning only fishing restriction imposed on Smith River anglers during an unprecedented run of record 100-degree days this summer comes to an end Sept. 16.

The regulation imposed July 24 banned fishing between noon and midnight on the entire 125-mile stretch of the Smith River, a popular float stream that runs north from near White Sulphur Springs to south of Great Falls.

“Water temperatures have cooled off in the last two weeks and water levels are improving,” says Steve Leathe, Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries manager.

FWP closes streams to fishing when low water conditions, and high temperatures combined with fishing pressure would lead to an unacceptable level of stress on fish. Low flows, high water temperatures and competition for space and food stress fish.

In a related action, a voluntary ban on fishing between noon and midnight on the Sun River has also been lifted. The Sun River ban, which covered the river from the mouth of Sun Canyon to Great Falls, was imposed in early August.