• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Bighorn River Fishing Regulations

The Bighorn River near Three Mile Access
The Bighorn River near Three Mile Access

It is your responsibility to comply with the rules and regulations. A valid State of Montana fishing license is required for all types of fishing on state waters. Please reference the Montana Fishing Rules and Regulations publication or at this link: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/regulations/

The following list gives a quick overview of information that many anglers need to know. If you have other questions consult the Montana Fishing Rules and Regulations.

  • River is open entire year
  • Trout: 5 daily and in possession, only 1 over 18 inches
  • Sauger/Walleye: 5 daily, only 1 may be Sauger
    (Possession limit is 10, only 2 may be Sauger)
  • 1 line with 2 hooks per line, rod or line must be attended and in angler's immediate control

Did You Know?

View of Abercrombie from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp

There are over 350 Abandoned Mineral land sites recorded in Bighorn Canyon, and even more are being discovered. These sites are the result of a mining boom, caused by the search for uranium in the production of nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Even with research the names of the companies responsible for the test sites have not been found. More...