Shop staff Ethan and Marley perched on the high ground. Legally..
If you are going to be standing, walking, or kneeling above the high water mark, please know for a fact that you are on public land. It is becoming a bigger and bigger problem as the number of fisherman in the area grows. It is our responsibility as fisherman to know these rules.. Like Ive said before, if you do not know just come into the shop and ask around. Also you can reach our local game wardens and they are happy to answer any questions that will potentially prevent an incident between a landowner and a sportsman of any kind.
For all of us out there that know the Montana State Trespass Law, and for all of us that do not; I will list the rule straight from the
2016 Montana Fishing Regulations booklet we have here in the shop. Free to all.
~Montana Stream Access Law:
Under the Montana Stream Access Law, the public may use rivers and streams for recreational purposes up to the ordinary high water marks. Although the law gives recreationists the right to use rivers and streams for water-related recreation, it does not give them the right to enter private lands bordering those streams or to cross private lands to gain access to streams without landowner permission. FWP recommends that recreationists obtain landowner permission to cross private land to access a stream. Complete rules are available at any FWP office.
~Montana Trespass Law:
Montana's trespass law states that a member of the public has the privilege to enter private land only.
-With the explicit permission of the landowner or his/her agent, or...
-When the landowner has failed to post a no-trespassing notice or mark legal accesses with 50 square inches of orange.
FWP recommends that anglers obtain permission from the landowner before entering private lands. Recreationists are urged to obtain complete rules about this law from and FWp office.
Hope everyone out there has a great year out on the river. Come on in and feel free to ask us about stops you have questions about in terms of legal access. We will either know or be happy to help you find out.