Drought and wildland fires affect Montana's fish, wildlife, and parks. Please check here for news on current conditions and any restrictions in effect to protect Montana's natural resources.
Angling restrictions and closures are in effect on some Montana rivers and streams. Fire restrictions also apply at a number of FWP-managed sites.
Montana Fish,Wildlife & Parks continuously monitors drought conditions and how they may be impacting the state's fisheries. To review the 2008 detailed report, see the link below.
There are currently no drought-related angling or fire restrictions in the state of Montana.
Because there are a number of larger fires burning in Montana, it is important to know where the fires are and what you can and can not do in an area where fire restrictions are in place.
It is a hunter's responsibility to know and abide by land closures and restrictions. The links below provide some of the information a hunter will need. Information on the use of Block Management lands during this extreme weather are available by calling the nearest FWP Regional Office.
Montana is a generally arid state. In mid and late summer, some locations may experience drought and be ripe for wildland fires. Before planning your weekend or taking a vacation, you can check here to see if there are any drought- or fire-related restrictions in place on rivers or streams or at State Parks and Fishing Access Sites. You can also learn what you can do to help prevent wildland fires.
When water levels drop and stream temperatures rise, FWP may restrict fishing to protect the State's sport fisheries. Low water and high temperatures cause fish to seek deep pools, making them more vulnerable to predators, disease, and to anglers. For more information, and to check the conditions on your favorite fishing streams, please use the links below.
Wildland fires can destroy hundreds, sometimes thousands, of acres of habitat and displace wildlife. Late season fires may also affect hunting season dates, hunting opportunities and the conditon of winter range for deer, elk and other species. When wildland fires break out, check here for information on how they may be affecting Montana's wildlife.
Montana Fish,Wildlife & Parks continuously monitors drought conditions and how they may be impacting the state's fisheries. To review these detailed reports throughout the fishing season, please check the links below.