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Environment & Science

High Temperatures Bring More Fishing Restrictions To Montana

Red lines on the map show waterbody restrictions and closures as of July 20, 2021.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Red lines on the map show waterbody restrictions and closures as of July 20, 2021.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced several additional “hoot-owl” restrictions going into effect on several rivers tonight. They include some full fishing closures on the entire Jefferson River and portions of the Big Hole and Gallatin Rivers.

FWP says the new restrictions will take effect tonight for the entire reach of the Madison River, from the mouth to the Yellowstone National Park Boundary. Portions of the Beaverhead, Missouri, Yellowstone and Stillwater rivers will also be under fishing restrictions.

“Hoot-owl” restrictions prevent fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight to decrease stress on a fishery. They take effect when river flows drop below critical levels or daily water temperatures surpass 73 degrees for three consecutive days. Closures and restrictions will remain in place until conditions improve.

More information about fishing restrictions can be found on the FWP website.

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