Alert: Angling Restrictions On Lower Big Hole Lifted Effective Thursday
By Toby Trigger

Posted: July 15, 2016

Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings – Region 3

Thu Jul 14 11:49:00 MDT 2016

(Bozeman)—Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is alerting the public that angling restrictions on the Lower Big Hole River are being lifted effective Thursday, July 14 as a result of cooler weather and recent precipitation. Restrictions remain in place on the lower Gallatin, East Gallatin, and Jefferson Rivers for the near future.

The Hoot Owl restrictions being lifted Thursday are limited to the following section of the Big Hole River:

  • The Big Hole from Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site to the confluence of the Big Hole River with the Jefferson River

Regional Supervisor Sam Sheppard says in spite of recent cooler temperatures and some much-needed precipitation biologists are keeping a close eye on all area rivers as we expect to continue to see above average temperatures and low flows beginning next week.

“We are committed to following the drought plan developed in collaboration with the Big Hole Watershed Committee. We will continue to lift and put in place angling restrictions based on current temperature and flow conditions. This is what is in the best interest of the resource.”

For up-to-date information on restrictions related to drought, visit