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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

Lockwood bear is a reminder to lock up garbage, attractants

Fri May 18 09:35:33 MDT 2018

At least one black bear that has been hanging around homes east of Lockwood should serve as a reminder for people to keep garbage and other attractants out of the reach of wildlife.

(Region 5 - Fish & Wildlife)

Lake Elmo boat ramp unavailable May 23

Thu May 10 14:59:39 MDT 2018

The boat ramp and parking lot at the west end of Lake Elmo State Park in Billings Heights will be unavailable for part of Wednesday, May 23, because of a kids’ fishing event.

(Region 5 - Recreation News)

Public meeting on CWD planned for Bridger

Mon Apr 30 16:16:02 MDT 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a public meeting Wednesday, May 9 at Bridger to share information about chronic wasting disease in Carbon County.

(Region 5 - Fish & Wildlife)