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Welcome to FWP Region 5

Bordered by the Beartooth and Crazy mountains in the southwest and the prairies to the east, Region 5 is a land of contrast.

The area's 5 state parks offer opportunities from visiting archaeological sites, to boating and fishing, blacktailed prairie dog viewing, and an exploration of the home of the last chief of the Crow Indians.

Recreation opportunities abound on the Yellowstone, Stillwater, Bighorn, and Boulder Rivers. Fisherman cast their lines for Yellowstone cutthroat, brown, and rainbow trout; smallmouth bass; and channel catfish. Boaters enjoy a leisurely float or maneuver the class IV rapids on the Stillwater River.

A variety of upland game birds, deer, and antelope on the prairies to the east, and bear and elk in the mountains offers a diversity of hunting opportunities.

Hikers in the vast Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness enjoy the scenery and abundant wildlife including bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, elk, and bears. An array of high mountain lakes offers beautiful vistas and fishing holes for cutthroat, rainbow, brook, and golden trout.

Bighorn Lake Live Bait Fish Import Permit

This permit allows anglers to legally transport live bait fish across the Wyoming state line into Montana for use while fishing the Montana portion of Bighorn Lake. Live bait fish may be obtained from a licensed bait dealer in Wyoming authorized to sell bait fish for use in the Wind/Bighorn Drainage in Wyoming or with a Wyoming seining/trapping permit valid for the waters listed on the permit. This permit also allows Montana anglers to transport legally obtained live bait fish from Montana down through Wyoming and back into Montana for use in the Montana portion of Bighorn Lake as long as the import restrictions on the permit are followed.

To Request a Permit Call 406-247-2940.

E-mail: Pam Kaiser

Recent Region 5 News

Grey Bear Fishing Access Site to close for road repair


– Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will close part of its Grey Bear Fishing Access Site west of Big Timber starting Wednesday, July 17, 2019, to facilitate drainage and access. Current plans call for the temporary emergency closure to last through Thursday, July 18, 2019.

(Region 5 - Fishing)

Voyagers Rest reopens; Bundy Bridge boat ramp unusable


One Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access site on the Yellowstone River east of Billings reopened to vehicle traffic this week while the boat launch at another is unusable because of a changing river channel.

(Region 5 - Fishing)

Invasive Asian clams found in Lake Elmo


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has found evidence of invasive Asian clams in Lake Elmo in Billings Heights.

(Region 5 - Aquatic Invasive Species)