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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.

Region 1 Big Game Annual Reports

Recent Region 1 News

Capture and Health Testing Conducted on Bighorn Sheep Herd near Eureka

Fri Jan 13 09:31:54 MST 2017

FWP Biologists and volunteers from other agencies and the local community captured and released 32 bighorn sheep on the Woods Ranch Wildlife Management Area near Eureka. The captured sheep were a mixture of ewes, lambs, and rams. The operation is designed to obtain health information on the population. The sheep are part of the Galton Range herd that occupies land in the U. S. and Canada; the Canadians refer to this group as the “Kootenay Trench Herd”. These sheep are part of a native herd and believed to be similar genetically to the Ural Tweed population along Lake Koocanusa.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Smith Lake Ice Fishing Derby Attracts 348 Anglers

Tue Jan 03 10:02:23 MST 2017

The 45th annual Lions Club Smith Lake Ice Fishing Derby held west of Kalispell on Saturday, December 31 attracted 348 registered anglers. Event organizer Warren Illi, of the Sunriser Lions Club and Flathead Wildlife, Inc., estimated that youngsters comprised 50 percent of the crowd. The surface of Smith Lake looked festive with more than 100 portable ice shelters decked out in multiple colors.

(Region 1 - Fishing)