Latest Big Hole Closure: Melrose Bridge To Notch Bottom FAS
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will now be imposing a full closure to fishing on the Big Hole River from Melrose Bridge to Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site (southeast of Glen) effective Tuesday, August 20, until conditions improve. Here’s a full look at current closures and restrictions on the Big Hole:
Flows on this stretch of the Big Hole (Melrose Bridge to Notch Bottom FAS) have reached, and dropped below 150 cubic feet per second - the trigger listed in the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan as the point of full fishing closure.
Here’s a look at the extent of current closures and restrictions on the Big Hole River:
- Headwaters to the mouth of the North Fork Big Hole – FULL CLOSURE
- Mouth of the North Fork Big Hole to Dickie Bridge – Closed 2 pm – midnight
- Melrose Bridge to the mouth (confluence with Jefferson River) – FULL CLOSURE
In addition, in Region 3, the entire Jefferson and Lower Madison River remain under “hoot owl” closures (2 pm – midnight)
FWP biologists will continue to monitor all southwest Montana rivers to ensure the health of local fish populations. FWP appreciates the patience of the angling community.