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Restrictions & Closures Current Waterbody Restrictions

Drought related fishing closures and hoot owl restrictions related to environmental conditions.

Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction prohibits fishing each day between 2 p.m. and midnight. 

Fishing Closure prohibits any fishing on the stretch of water specified.

Big Hole River

Emergency Fishing Closure from mile: 71.7 To 98.1 beginning August 17

From North Fork of Big Hole River to Dickie Bridge

A full fishing closure will be in effect on portions of the Big Hole River from Dickie Bridge to North Fork Big Hole River. River flow measured on the Big Hole River near Wise River fell below 100 cfs, which meets full fishing closure criteria as outlined in the Big Hole River Watershed Committee Drought Plan. Measured discharge on August 16 was 83 cfs. These restrictions will remain in place until lifted by FWP administrative action in consultation with the Big Hole Watershed Committee, or until October 31.

 

Emergency Fishing Closure from mile: 0.0 to 18.0 beginning July 21

From the confluence with the Beaverhead River to Tony Schoonen Fishing Access Site

Emergency Fishing Closure will be in effect on portions of the Big Hole River from the confluence with the Beaverhead River to Tony Schoonen Fishing Access Site. Flows on the Big Hole River at USGS gauge 06026420 Big Hole River below Hamilton Ditch near Twin Bridges continues to fall while water temperatures continue to rise, satisfying angling-closure criterion in the Big Hole River Watershed Committee Drought Management Plan. This fishing restriction will remain in place until lifted by FWP adminstrative action or until October 31. 

For more information see the Official Press Release.

 

Emergency Fishing Closure from mile: 98.1 to 144.3 beginning June 29

From Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadow Road to the North Fork Big Hole River

Emergency Fishing Closure will be in effect on portions of the Big Hole River from Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadow Road to the North Fork Big Hole River. Flows on the Big Hole River below Big Lake Creek fell below 20 cfs for 24 consecutive hours. This river section will remain closed to fishing until lifted by FWP administrative action or until October 31.

For more information see the Official Press Release.

Red Rock Creek

Emergency Fishing Closure from mile: 13.2 to 31 beginning July 15

From Upper Red Rock Lake to the Hell Roaring Creek crossing at South Valley Road

Emergency Fishing Closure will be in effect on portions of Red Rock Creek from Upper Red Rock Lake to the Hell Roaring Creek crossing at South Valley Road. Flow at USGS Gage 06006000 Red Rock Creek above Lakes have fallen near and below 5th percentile mean daily flow. Flow on July 14 was 24.2 cfs. Low flows have concentrated Arctic Grayling into isolated pools, making them extremely vulnerable to angling. This river section will remain closed to fishing until lifted by FWP administrative action when mean daily flows are adequate to provide cover for Arctic Grayling, or until October 15.

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