Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will reopen the entire Big Hole River to fishing. The entire Big Hole River will be open to fishing without restrictions from low flows or high water temperatures. All requests for voluntary participation in the Drought Management Plan to protect the fishery will be lifted. The Big Hole River Drought Management Plan operates until October 31 for river flow and we will continue to monitor conditions. A recent weather change for cool temperatures and precipitation drastically changed river conditions for the better, giving some much needed relief to the hot and dry summer.Two sections of the Big Hole River were closed to fishing for a period of time in September due to low river flows. Section I, the most upstream section reopened Friday 9/22. Section V, the most downstream portion reopens Tuesday 9/26:
Section I: Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to the mouth of the North Fork Big Hole River to fishing in accordance with the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan effective Friday, 9/22/2017.
Section I has reached reopening criteria of 40 cfs or above for 7 consecutive days.
Section V: Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site to Confluence of Big Hole River with Jefferson River to fishing in accordance with the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan effective Tuesday, 9/26/2017 (Closure lifts at midnight 9/25/2017).
Section V has reached reopening criteria of 200cfs for 7 consecutive days.
Visit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for details.