Below is a list of current restrictions and closures to Montana waterbodies. Many factors such as drought and fire may lead to a waterbody being closed for fishing on a temporary basis. For a statewide view of closures, view the Fishing Closures map.

Restrictions & Closures

 Armstrong Spring Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Big Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Big Hole River
Mandatory 24 Hour Drought Closure effective 8/1/2016
Mandatory Drought Closure - [24 hour]
Big Hole River from Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to North Fork Big Hole River Mouth. (8/1/2016)
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Mandatory 24 Hour Drought Closure effective 8/4/2016
Mandatory Drought Closure - [24 hour]
Maiden Rock FAS to Notch Bottom FAS. (8/4/2016)
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Mandatory 24 Hour Drought Closure effective 8/1/2016
Mandatory Drought Closure - [24 hour]
Big Hole River from Notch Bottom FAS to Confluence with the Beaverhead River. (8/1/2016)
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 Big Timber Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Billman Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Boulder River
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Brackett Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Cascade Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Clark Fork River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 8/22/2016
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
Flint Creek to the mouth of Warm Springs Creek near Warm Springs (8/22/2016)
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 Cottonwood Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 DePuy Spring Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 East Boulder River
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 East Fork Boulder River
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 East Fork Spring Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 East Gallatin River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/08/2016
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
East Gallatin River from Spring Hill Road Bridge (Hwy411) to the confluence with the Gallatin River. (7/7/2016)
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 East Rosebud Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Fishtail Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Gallatin River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/01/2016
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
From the confluence with the Madison River at Three Forks to Sheds Bridge (Hwy 84) near Four Corners, MT (6/30/2016)
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 Horse Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Jefferson River
Mandatory 24 Hour Drought Closure effective 8/1/2016
Mandatory Drought Closure - [24 hour]
Entire Jefferson River. (8/1/2016)
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 Madison River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 06/30/2016
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
Madison River from Ennis Dam to the mouth (6/29/2016)
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 Mill Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Mill Willow Bypass
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/29/2016
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
Downstream portion of Silver Bow Creek Closure (7/28/2016)
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 Miner Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Nelson Spring Cr
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Pine Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Rainbow Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Rock Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
Rock Creek (Tributary to Shields River) from the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Rosebud Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Saderbalm Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Shields River
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Silver Bow Creek
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/29/2016
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
Entire Length (7/28/2016)
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 Sixmile Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Stillwater River
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Sweet Grass Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Tom Miner Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Trail Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 West Boulder River
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 West Fork Stillwater River
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 West Rosebud Creek
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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 Yellowstone River
EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF A PORTION OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER and all of its associated tributaries starting 8/19/2016
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
From the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, MT to the Highway 212 Bridge in Laurel, MT. (8/19/2016)
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Reopened Waterbodies

 Clark Fork River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted starting 8/22/2016
Closure Lifted
Rock Creek to Flint Creek (8/22/2016)
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 Ruby River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted starting 8/25/2016
Closure Lifted
Ruby River from Duncan District Road to the confluence with the Beaverhead River. (8/25/2016)
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 Smith River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted starting 8/22/2016
Closure Lifted
Smith River from the confluence of the North and South forks of the Smith River to Eden Bridge. (8/22/2016)
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 Sun River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted starting 8/22/2016
Closure Lifted
Sun River from the Highway 287 Bridge to the mouth of Muddy Creek. (8/22/2016)
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