Big Hole River Section I Reopened 9/25/2019

Effective Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has lifted the fishing closure on Big Hole River Section I (Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Rd to North Fork Big Hole River) in accordance with the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan. All Big Hole River sections are now open to fishing; flows in all sections currently exceed conservation targets as identified in the drought plan.

For Realtime information on the Big Hole River, including streamflow, temperature, and section status, visit our River Conditions webpage.

See MFWP’s press release, below:  (more…)

September Monthly Meeting Minutes Complete

BHWC’s September monthly meeting included an important discussion on a proposed Drought Management Plan update and a presentation on Sage Grouse.

Vanna Boccadori, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Biologist, discussed the current status of sage grouse and provided updates on sage grouse lek counts and studies. Vanna also provided an update on the grizzly bear recently confirmed in the Big Hole watershed and a refresher on how to tell grizzly bears from black bears. (more…)

FWP Collecting Wings from Harvested Upland Game Birds

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be collecting wings from hunter-harvested sage-grouse, mountain grouse, and Hungarian partridge across southern portions of Region 3 this fall/winter. Biologists will use the wings to identify birds by species and age class—juvenile or adult. This helps biologists monitor upland game bird populations.

Hunters: If you pass a wing collection barrel while traveling from a hunt, please put one wing from each harvested bird into the barrel. Wings can also be turned into area wildlife biologists or game wardens.  (more…)

Big Hole River Section I Closed to Fishing Effective 8/31/19

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced a Full Closure to Fishing of Big Hole River Section I effective Saturday, August 31, 2019, in accordance with the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan. Section I has reached closure criteria of 20 cfs or below (currently 15.10 cfs), creating dangerous conditions for the fishery. Big Hole River Section I starts at Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road and ends at the North Fork Big Hole River mouth.

To see restrictions and closures for all sections of the river, visit our River Conditions page.  (more…)