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Fishing Closures And Restrictions Lifted On Most Montana Rivers

Effective today, all fishing restrictions and closure on rivers in Montana are lifted, with the exception of hoot owl restrictions on the Madison River and Sun River.

Hoot owl fishing restrictions prohibit fishing each day between 2 p.m. and midnight.

On the Madison River, hoot owl restrictions are in effect from the confluence with the Jefferson River to the Warm Springs Fishing Access Site.

On the Sun River, hoot owl restrictions are in effect from the mouth of Muddy Creek to the Highway 287 Bridge.

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.

For current information on restrictions and closures, go to

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