Some of the most iconic and pristine fishing spots on the entire planet are temporarily closed for business.
Montana is famed for its expansive web of world class trout streams. Fishing is a hugely popular activity for Montana locals, and tourists from around the world flock to the state to try their luck at hooking into trophy Brown Trout.
According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department has restricted fishing access to reduce pressure at times with low water flows and high water temperatures makes fish more susceptible to disease and death. The closure of rivers for recreational fishing is in accordance with the state’s official drought policy.
Starting on Tuesday, a full fishing closure was implemented on the Shields River from where it meets the Yellowstone River down to the U.S. Forest Service’s Crandall Creek Bridge.
Starting on Wednesday, anglers have been prohibited from the Big Hole River at its confluence with the Beaverhead River and town to the Tony Schoonen Fishing Access Site. The Gallatin River is also closed from its headwaters to the Montana Highway 84 Crossing.
Evening fishing restrictions are also now in effect on portions of the Madison, Beaverhead, Missouri, Stillwater and Yellowstone rivers. In most of those areas, fishing will be closed from 2 p.m. to midnight on large portions of waterways on the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park.
The sale of fishing licenses directly funds the protection and enhancement of public boat ramps, aquatic environments, and fish populations in all 50 states.
It also protects you from potentially being fined, having your gear confiscated, and/or losing your fishing privileges. It’s important to remember that just because you have a fishing license in one state, that does not mean it is valid in another state.
And as always, please fish responsibly and save the whiskey until after you’re off the water.