Some sections of rivers in Southwest Montana had Hoot Owl fishing restrictions start today, but luckily the Gallatin River up near Big Sky is still cold and fishing without any regulations. Hoot Owl restrictions mean that you can only fish from midnight - 2pm due to water temperatures that can be lethal to trout.
We are fortunate here in Big Sky to have some of the coldest water in Southwest Montana. The canyon walls help minimize the amount of sunlight beaming down on the Gallatin River and our higher elevation helps keep daytime temps lower than the valley stretches of the river. This means that we have great fishing on the Gallatin near Big Sky when other areas are shut down.
Effective today (Friday, July 10), the Gallatin River below Four Corners is under hoot owl restrictions as well as the following sections of river.....
Beaverhead River from Anderson Lane to the confluence with the Big Hole River;
Ruby River from Duncan District Road to confluence with the Beaverhead River;
Shields River from its mouth upstream to its confluence with Smith Creek;
Lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the Missouri River Headwaters;
Lower Gallatin River from its confluence with the Madison River at Three Forks upstream to Sheds Bridge (Hwy 84) near Four Corners;
East Gallatin River from its origin (at the confluence of Rocky Creek and Bear Creek) to its confluence with the West Gallatin River
Still under Restrictions:
The entire length of the Big Hole River except for Dickey Bridge to Maiden Rock FAS;
The entire length of the Jefferson River