Bighorn River Etiquette

Because of the increasing number of boats and wading fishermen, observation of the unwritten, local customs will help you and other fishermen have an enjoyable day.

Below are customs you should follow while fishing the Bighorn:

  • Always respect the area around wading fishermen, give them a wide berth. They have the right of way.
  • When approaching bank fishermen while boating, notice how far out their lines are and stay clear.
  • While floating, if there is another boat nearby try and stay out of their area. Also, when passing a boat moving slower than yours, move out of their line of drift and go downstream 200-300 yards before coming back into their line of drift.
  • The Bighorn River is one of the most heavily fished streams in Montana. If fishermen are courteous and have a relaxed attitude the river will continue to offer a superb angling experience.