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Hoot Owl restrictions go into effect on the Big Hole

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is implementing a 2 pm closure for fishing on most of the Big Hole River.  Starting tomorrow, the Big Hole from the confluence of the North Fork downstream to Dickie bridge will be closed from 2 pm - midnight.  The same closure will go into effect from the Maiden Rock Access downstream to the mouth of the river.  Water temperatures triggered the closures.  Let's all do our part not to stress the fish on local fisheries where water temps have soared into the low seventies on the hot afternoons that we are experiencing.  There are plenty of other options.

The Beaverhead River is fishing very well!  The hopper fishing is getting better every day on portions of the river.  The cool, clear flows from Clark Canyon Dam have stabilized and the fish are eating well as PMD, Yellow Sally, and Caddis hatches remain strong.