Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks said that longer nights combined with cooler air temperatures have made a sustained impact on southwest Montana rivers and their water temperatures. As a result, they have now lifted the angling restrictions on the following rivers:

  • Ruby River
  • Shields River
  • Madison River
  • Gallatin River
  • East Gallatin River

The following stretches of the Big Hole River remain closed to all fishing:

  • Big Hole River Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to North Fork Big Hole River
  • Big Hole River Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site to the confluence with the Beaverhead River

For up-to-date information on drought-related restrictions, visit