Reminder: New fishing regulations in place for Big Hole, Beaverhead rivers
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: April 22, 2022

BOZEMAN – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds anglers of new fishing regulations that are in effect for the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted the new regulations last year to help preserve existing brown trout in the two rivers, where populations have declined in some reaches in recent years.

Anglers should consult the complete list of regulations for these and other waterbodies in the current fishing regulations booklets, which can be found at fwp.mt.gov and anywhere fishing licenses are sold.

Some of the regulations for the Big Hole River include:

  • From Dickie Bridge to the mouth, artificial lures and single-pointed hooks only. No treble or double hooks. Anglers may remove treble or double hooks from the lure and replace them with a single hook, or the shanks may be cut off to leave a single hook. Lures with multiple hook attachments may still be used, but any treble hook must be replaced by a single hook.
  • From Dickie Bridge to the Bureau of Land Management’s Maiden Rock Boat Launch, brown trout fishing is catch-and-release only, and rainbow trout fishing is catch-and-release only from Dec. 1 to the third Saturday in May.
  • From the BLM Maiden Rock Boat Launch to Brownes Bridge Fishing Access Site, fishing is open only from April 1 through Sept. 30. Fishing for brown trout in this reach is catch-and-release only.
  • From Brownes Bridge FAS to the mouth, brown trout fishing is catch-and-release only, and rainbow trout fishing is catch-and-release only from Dec. 1 to the third Saturday in May.

Some of the regulations for the Beaverhead River include:

  • The same regulations on artificial lures and single-pointed hooks mentioned above apply to the entire Beaverhead River.
  • In the entire Beaverhead River, rainbow trout harvest is limited to one daily and in possession, and brown trout fishing is catch-and-release only.
  • From Clark Canyon Dam to Pipe Organ Bridge, fishing is open only from the third Saturday in May through Oct. 31.

For more information, visit fwp.mt.gov/fish/regulations.