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

 Beaver Creek
Full Angling Closure starting 09/01/2015
Mandatory Waterbody Closure
Beaver Creek, in Hill County, for its entire length below the outlet of Beaver Creek Reservoir. (8/24/2015)
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 Belmont Creek
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/30/2015
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
Tributary to the Blackfoot River. (7/29/2015)
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 Big Hole River
Mandatory Drought Closure starting 8/19/2015.
Mandatory Drought Closure - [24 hour]
River sections of the Big Hole River: Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to North Fork Big Hole River. (8/18/2015)
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Mandatory Drought Closure starting 8/19/2015.
Mandatory Drought Closure - [24 hour]
Big Hole River from the Notch Bottom FAS to the confluence with the Beaverhead River. (8/18/2015)
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 Copper Creek
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/30/2015
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
Tributary to Landers Fork. (7/29/2015)
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 Cottonwood Creek
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/30/2015
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
Tributary to the Blackfoot River. (7/29/2015)
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 Gold Creek
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/30/2015
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
Tributary of the Blackfoot River. (7/29/2015)
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 Landers Fork
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/30/2015
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
Tributary to the Blackfoot River. (7/29/2015)
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 Monture Creek
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/30/2015
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
Tributary to Blackfoot River. (7/29/2015)
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 Morrell Creek
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/30/2015
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
Tributary to Clearwater River. (7/29/2015)
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 Murphy Lake
Emergency Closure on Murphy Lake
Fire Related Closure
Murphy Lake located in Lincoln County. (8/24/2015)
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 North Fork Blackfoot River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction starting 07/30/2015
Mandatory Drought Closure - 2 PM to Midnight
North Fork Falls to the confluence with the Blackfoot River. (7/29/2015)
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Reopened Waterbodies

 Blackfoot River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted starting 8/19/2015.
Closure Lifted
Blackfoot River from its headwaters to its confluence with the Clark Fork River. (8/19/2015)
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 East Gallatin River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted starting 08/24/2015
Closure Lifted
Entire East Gallatin River from its origin at the confluence of Rocky and Sourdough Creeks to its confluence with the West Gallatin River. (8/24/2015)
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 Gallatin River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted starting 08/24/2015
Closure Lifted
Lower Gallatin River from Sheds Bridge (Hwy 84) near Four Corners, MT, downstream to its confluence with the Madison River at Three Forks. (8/24/2015)
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 Jefferson River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted starting 08/24/2015
Closure Lifted
Entire Jefferson River. (8/24/2015)
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 Madison River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted starting 08/24/2015
Closure Lifted
Lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the Missouri River Headwaters. (8/24/2015)
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 Ruby River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted starting 08/24/2015
Closure Lifted
Portions of the Ruby River from Duncan District Road to its confluence with the Beaverhead River. (8/24/2015)
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 Shields River
Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted starting 08/24/2015
Closure Lifted
Most of the Shields River from its confluence with Smith Creek downstream to its confluence with the Yellowstone River. (8/24/2015)
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