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Big Hole River Spring 2019

The Big Hole River stretches 155 miles.

A 46-mile stretch of the Big Hole River — from Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadow Road to the north fork of the river — will be under full angling closure because of low flows.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced the closure Friday. It went into effect at 12 a.m. Saturday.

The closure will remain in effect until October 31 or until daily flow is greater than 40 cubic feet per second (cfs) for seven days, according to the news release.

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The closure is in accordance with the Big Hole Watershed Committee’s drought management plan, which calls for angling restrictions when water temperature exceeds 73 degrees for three or more consecutive days.

The other trigger is when flow drops below 20 cfs. The Big Hole River recently dropped to 18 cfs near Wisdom.

An 18-mile stretch of the lower Big Hole River closed to fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight from Notch Bottom Fishing Access to the confluence with the Beaverhead River earlier in August due to a rise in water temperature.

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