Warm temperatures this week have raised water temperatures to dangerous levels for fish. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks put Hoot Owl Fishing Restrictions in place on Section  IV beginning today, Monday 7/25/2016 in accordance with the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan.

River flows are also dropping. All river users are asked to prepare to take water conservation measures, particularly in Sections I, IV, and V where flows have reached “Prepare for Conservation” targets.

Visit our River Conditions page for more information.


Additional Angling Restrictions in Effect Monday, July 25

(Bozeman)—Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is implementing angling restrictions on the Lower Ruby River, and another section of the Big Hole River effective Monday July 25 at 2 p.m.

The most recent restrictions are to the following river sections:

  • The Big Hole from Maiden Rock Fishing Access Site to Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site
  • The Ruby River from Duncan District Road to the confluence with the Beaverhead River

These Hoot Owl restrictions are in addition others currently in place in southwest Montana.

Hot and dry weather patterns have created conditions where restrictions are warranted.

“Biologists continue to watch conditions closely, in particular since flows are dropping to critical levels,” said FWP Region 3 fisheries manager, Travis Horton. “Flows have dropped significantly over the past week, and with continued hot and dry condition further restrictions or closures are expected.”

For up-to-date information on restrictions related to drought, visit http://fwp.mt.gov/news/restrictions/.

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