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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.

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Recent Region 5 News

Weather challenges south central Montana hunters for a second weekend

Mon Oct 29 14:34:07 MDT 2018

Mild weather continued to influence hunter numbers and harvest success for a second weekend in south central Montana. Biologists who staffed five Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in the region said hunters reported challenging conditions thanks to warm temperatures, sunshine and manageable winds.

(Region 5 - Hunting)

Indian Fort FAS reopened to vehicles

Wed Oct 24 13:52:41 MDT 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reopened the Indian Fort fishing access site at Reed Point to motor vehicles Wednesday. The site closed to all but walk-in traffic in May after the Yellowstone River washed out part of the access road during high spring runoff. This past week, FWP crews were able to repair the washout enough to reopen the site to vehicles.

(Region 5 - Fishing)