River water temperatures have dropped below the danger level for fish in area rivers, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Therefore, afternoon "hoot owl" fishing restrictions have been removed for the lower part of the Bitterroot River, between Hamilton and Missoula, from the Clark Fork River, from Warm Springs Creek to Rock Creek near Missoula, and from Silver Bow Creek from its confluence with Blacktail Creek to Warm Springs ponds.

The news release mentioned cooler daytime temperatures and longer nights contributed to the drop in the water temperature below 70 degrees for three days in a row. That happened on Monday.

The ban on afternoon and evening fishing started in July, when water temperatures topped 73 degrees for three consecutive days.