Big Sky Roundup

‘Hoot owl’ restrictions lifted for some Montana rivers

By: - August 19, 2021 9:51 am

Several “hoot owl” restrictions currently in effect on portions of some Montana rivers have been lifted.

Restrictions will be lifted on:

  • Missouri River from the Cascade boat ramp to Holter Dam (river mile 2,166.2 to 2,202.1)
  • Madison River from Ennis Dam to the border with Yellowstone National Park (river mile 40 to 131)
  • Stillwater River from the confluence with the Yellowstone River to Absaroka Fishing Access Site (river mile 0.0 to 13)

The hoot owl restriction on the lower Madison River from the confluence with the Missouri River to Ennis Dam (river mile 0.0 to 40) remains in place due to high water temperatures.

Hoot owl restrictions means fishing is closed from 2 p.m. to midnight each day.

Angling restrictions are implemented based on several considerations: stream flow, water temperatures, angling pressure and other angling restrictions in the area that may divert use to waterways where circumstances are increasing stress on the fishery.

Before you go fishing, please be aware of the conditions. Numerous other rivers in Montana are also under fishing restrictions. For a full list, visit FWP’s website: https://fwp.mt.gov/news/current-closures-restrictions.

If you’re looking for angling opportunities, many ponds, lakes and reservoirs in Montana provide good mid-summer angling options. For more information go online to fwp.mt.gov. Streams at higher elevations that don’t experience higher temperatures are another good option.

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