The two remaining closed stretches of the Big Hole River will reopen on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 12:01 a.m., according to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
The Upper Big Hole from the Headwaters to the North Fork of the Big Hole — closed since Aug. 9 — will reopen along with the Lower Big Hole from Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site to the mouth — closed since Aug. 20. These are the last restrictions still in place in Region 3.
Closures were imposed on the Big Hole River when they reached low flow triggers established by the Big Hole River Drought Management Plan. The plan is the result of collaboration between landowners, recreationists and FWP as a means to protect the fishery during dry years.