Hoot Owl Fishing Restriction Lifted on Sun River

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will lift afternoon and evening fishing restrictions Aug. 24 on the Sun River west of Great Falls in the wake of recent cooler water temperatures.

The “hoot owl” closure put into place in early August affected the Sun River from the Highway 287 bridge near Augusta to the mouth of Muddy Creek west of Great Falls. No fishing was allowed daily from 2 p.m. to midnight.

Fishing restrictions on Sun River start today

That restriction will be rescinded officially at 12:01 a.m., Aug. 24.

“According to FWP’s drought policy, a stream may be reopened if water temperatures do not exceed 70 for three consecutive days,” said Jason Mullen, FWP fisheries biologist. “Water temperatures on the Sun River at Simms were less than 70 from Aug. 18-20, meeting this threshold for reopening.”

For details on all emergency angling restrictions and other drought updates, go to the FWP home page at fwp.mt.gov. Click Drought & Fire Updates.