The best part of the adventure is preparing for the ever-changing weather and conditions. Anglers must be prepared for changing elements from water flows on the river, winds on the lakes, and sunshine to thunderstorms. In this section, you can find the latest resources for closures, water table resources, and fishing restrictions on our waterways. If you are looking for immediate information, call the Helena Visitor Center.
For the most updated waterway access visit Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks News & Updates.
The following rivers in Montana are on Hoot Owl Restrictions: Beaverhead River, Big Hole River, Bitterroot River, Jefferson River, Lower Madison River, Ruby River, and Sun River.
Sections of the Yellowstone River 420.5 to 424 are closed due to emergency. Further details will be released.
Looking for weather updates in the surrounding Helena area, check the latest NOAA forecast and waterflows from USGS.
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION
When fishing and boating in Montana it is always important to remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and fishing gear after you leave a body of water. Boaters must also remember that they MUST stop at all open inspection stations. This will help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species that can be detrimental for our waterways leading to diminished recreational fishing opportunities. Large economic impacts for communities and potential wildlife and public health problems. Learn more at fwp.mt.gov/ais.
Image: Eliza Wiley Independent Record – From left Kailen Goins, 10, fishes from the Montana Wild fishing pier on the southwest end of Spring Meadow Lake State Park while his sister watches on.