Upper Madison River fishing closure to be lifted Friday
Friday Dec. 3rd, 2021
Dec 3, 2021 -- Flows in Madison River returning to normal
ENNIS – A full fishing closure that was implemented in the upper Madison River will be lifted on Friday now that a gate at Hebgen Dam has been repaired and river flows are returning to normal. The closure was enacted on Tuesday after a malfunction at Hebgen Dam caused flows on the Madison River to drop, stranding fish on riffles and concentrating fish in deep water. Crews from NorthWestern Energy repaired the dam late Wednesday, and flows are gradually rising again throughout the upper Madison River. The impacts to the fishery from this period of reduced flows are still unclear. The fishing closure, which extended from Ennis Lake upstream to Hebgen Dam, will no longer be in effect starting Friday, Dec. 3.
Dec 1, 2021 -- Closure to remain in effect until river flows are restored
ENNIS – A full fishing closure is in effect for the upper Madison River from Ennis Lake upstream to Hebgen Dam.
A malfunction at Hebgen Dam caused flows on the Madison River to drop Tuesday, stranding fish on riffles and concentrating fish in deep water. NorthWestern Energy is working to fix the dam.
This closure will remain in place until the issue at the dam is resolved and flows are fully restored to the river.
The impacts to the fishery are still unclear. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff and volunteers will be on the river Wednesday moving stranded fish back into the river channel, and NorthWestern Energy staff have advised that it is safe to do so. Because flows are unable to be restored immediately, it’s likely that cold temperatures will have a greater impact on spawning redds than foot traffic.