Brett French reports: Madison River rules repealed; Big Hole fishing season altered on one section
By angelamontana

Posted: December 30, 2021

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission met on Monday to repeal two rules for the Madison River. In addition, the commission changed the fishing season on one section of the Big Hole in an attempt to protect spawning brown trout. The repeal of the Madison rules means the upper river reverts to regulations on stretches that allowed walk-wade fishing only. On the Big Hole, the section between Maiden Rock and Browne’s Bridge will be closed from Oct. 1 through April 1. Brown trout numbers have declined across southwestern Montana. This is one attempt to help reverse that decline. You can find out more by reading my stories at https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/madison-river-rules-repealed-walk-wade-section-remains-intact/article_24c8cb9c-d958-5a91-ad9e-f2a9eca0c06b.html and https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/fishing-dates-changed-on-section-of-big-hole-to-protect-spawning-brown-trout/article_d2424f44-d630-52cc-9080-ae006f9ef131.html.

Written by Brett French | Outdoors Editor | Billings Gazette Communications