Heads up anglers! Unfortunately, more "hoot owl" restrictions will be put in place (in addition to the Big Hole and the Jefferson), effective Friday, July 10.

Per Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks:

The restrictions beginning Friday will close the following rivers (on the stretches noted) to fishing daily from 2 p.m. to midnight until conditions improve:

  • Beaverhead River from Anderson Lane to the confluence with the Big Hole                       River
  • Ruby River from Duncan District Road to confluence with the Beaverhead River
  • Shields River from its mouth upstream to its confluence with Smith Creek
  • Lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the Missouri River Headwaters
  • Lower Gallatin River from its confluence with the Madison River at Three Forks               upstream to Sheds Bridge (Hwy 84) near Four Corners
  • East Gallatin River from its origin (at the confluence of Rocky Creek and Bear                   Creek) to its confluence with the West Gallatin River


Remaining under restrictions:

  • The entire length of the Big Hole River except for Dickey Bridge to Maiden Rock               FAS
  • The entire length of the Jefferson River


For up-to-date information on angling restrictions or closures, visit fwp.mt.gov/fishing/guide/waterClosure.html