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Welcome to FWP Region 1

Northwest Montana is known for its lakes and rivers, featuring two-thirds of all the recreational waters and one third of all registered boats in the state. Over 500 lakes support fish, ranging from 125,000-acre Flathead Lake, the largest lake west of the Great Lakes, to hundreds of high mountain lakes. More than 3,000 miles of fishable stream flow through the Region. Sensitive native fish species, including the westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, and red-band rainbow trout, reside in the waters of Region One. Important wildlife species include grizzly and black bear bears, mountain lion, white-tailed deer, three species of mountain grouse, and furbearers such as marten and wolverine. Region One provides about half of the black bear and mountain lion harvest in the state. The white-tailed deer is the most popular big game animal pursued by hunters.

Varied land ownerships and agency responsibilities make for challenging natural resource management in the Region, which is bound by the Flathead Indian Reservation to the south, and Glacier National Park to the north. Millions of acres of national forest wilderness and hundreds of thousands of acres of corporate timberlands are found in Region One as well. FWP, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and various local, state, and federal agencies work together to manage habitat and wildlife. The state and tribes have unique agreements to co-manage fisheries in Flathead Lake, and fishing and hunting on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Recent Region 1 News

Flathead River Creel Survey Underway

05/08/2015

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is conducting an angler use (creel) survey this year on the Flathead River from the confluence of the North and Middle forks (Blankenship Bridge) down to Flathead Lake.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

Angler Creel Survey Underway in the Lower Clark Fork

05/08/2015

Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and Avista will be conducting a creel survey this year on Noxon and Cabinet Gorge reservoirs, as well as the Bull River in the lower Clark Fork River drainage. Fishing pressure has increased dramatically on these reservoirs since the last time an angler survey was conducted in 1994.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

Open House on Fishing Regulations scheduled in Libby for Wednesday, May 13

05/08/2015

Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Region 1, will host a public open house on fishing regulations on Wednesday, May 13, from 6-8 p.m., in the Ponderosa Room at City Hall in Libby. At the meeting, FWP will provide information on the 2016 -2019 fishing regulations and gather ideas from the public. Every four years, FWP does a comprehensive review of Montana’s fishing regulations. This public scoping is part of this process.

(Region 1 - Fishing)

FWP Region 1 to Host Open Houses on Fishing Regulations

05/08/2015

Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Region 1, will host public open house to provide information on the 2016 -2019 fishing regulations and gather ideas from the public. Every four years, FWP does a comprehensive review of Montana’s fishing regulations. This public scoping is part of this process. The open houses are is scheduled as follows:

(Region 1 - Fishing)