Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will reopen the two remaining closed stretches of the Big Hole River on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 12:01 a.m. The Upper Big Hole from the Headwaters to the North Fork of the Big Hole – closed since Aug. 9 – will reopen along with the Lower Big Hole from Melrose Bridge to the mouth – closed since Aug. 20. These are the last restrictions still in place in Region 3.
Closures were imposed on the Big Hole River when they reached low flow triggers established by the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan. The Drought Management Plan was the result of collaboration between landowners, recreationists and FWP as a means to protect the fishery during dry years.
FWP appreciates the patience and cooperation of water users and anglers throughout these closures.