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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


Current Restrictions

For seasonal fishing closures, please see current fishing regulations

YELLOWSTONE RIVER

Emergency closure from U.S. Forest Service Yankee Jim Access Site to the Carbella BLM Boat Ramp beginning May 22, 2024

FWP has determined the following reasons justify the adoption of an emergency rule closing the Yellowstone River from the U.S. Forest Service Yankee Jim Access Site to the Carbella BLM Boat Ramp in Park County: There is ongoing construction at Carbella Bridge, which is located between the two above-referenced fishing access sites.  Various structural components of the bridge are being replaced with heavy construction activities occurring over the waterway. The combination of high water and heavy construction activity occurring over the waterway creates a risk of injury or death to any persons floating on the Yellowstone River in the vicinity of the Carbella Bridge, rendering the above-referenced stretch of river unsafe for floating activities by recreationists.

The Yellowstone River is closed to any floating recreation between the U.S. Forest Service Yankee Jim Access Site and the Carbella BLM Boat Ramp in Park County. This rule does not implement a closure of either the U.S. Forest Service Yankee Jim Access Site or the Carbella BLM site, but only limits access for floating recreation between the two locations referenced above.

The river closure implemented by this rule will remain in effect, until the heavy construction activity occurring over the waterway is completed and FWP determines that the river segment is again safe for floating recreation activities. Signs closing the above-referenced portion of the Yellowstone River to floating activities will be removed when this rule is no longer effective.

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