Updates from the F.W.P Offices concerning several rivers in Central and Western Montana. Some rivers dropping off the list, several being added. Here’s the most up to date list of rivers under hoot owl from Fish Wildlife & Parks. Rivers listed in BOLD have just been added and the restrictions are in effect starting TODAY, which still means No Fishing From 2 p.m to Midnight….
Western District Rivers:
- Bitterroot River, entire length excluding the East & West Forks
- Clark Fork River, headwaters to confluence with the Flathead River
- Flint Creek, from the Highway 1 bridge at mile marker 53 to the confluence with the Clark Fork River
- Silver Bow Creek, from the confluence with Warm Springs Creek (near Warm Springs) to the confluence with Blacktail Creek
- Blackfoot River, entire length of the main stem
- Tributaries of the Blackfoot River: North Fork below the falls, Morrell Creek, Gold Creek, Belmont Creek, Copper Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Monture Creek & The Landers Fork of the Blackfoot
Central District Rivers:
- Ruby River from Duncan District Road to confluence with the Beaverhead River
- Shields River from its mouth upstream to its confluence with Smith Creek
- Lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the Missouri River Headwaters
- Lower Gallatin River from its confluence with the Madison River at Three Forks upstream to Sheds Bridge (Hwy 84) near Four Corners
- East Gallatin River from its origin (at the confluence of Rocky Creek and Bear Creek) to its confluence with the West Gallatin River
However F.W.P released a statement this morning regarding a few rivers in Central Montana; longer nights, cooler air temperatures and some much-needed rain have brought down the water temperature of several southwest Montana river systems. Therefore, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has lifted the angling restrictions on the Beaverhead, Big Hole, and Jefferson rivers effective Thursday.