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Fishing restrictions lifted on Madison River

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will lift the hoot owl restrictions on the lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the mouth effective Friday. With cooler water temperatures, this section has met criteria for reopening.

In most cases, according to drought management plans, rivers with hoot owl restrictions due to high water temperatures reopen on Sept. 15 automatically anyway.

In Region 3, the only remaining restrictions in place are the full closures of Section I and V of the Big Hole River as follows:

From Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to the Mouth of the North Fork Big Hole River;
From Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site to the confluence with the Beaverhead River.

For up-to-date information on restrictions related to drought, visit