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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

Part of Yellowstone WMA road reopened after runoff subsides

Fri Feb 17 13:42:15 MST 2017

Part of the roadway leading through the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Yellowstone Wildlife Management area east of Billings will reopen Saturday morning. FWP closed the WMA to all vehicles earlier in the week because of muddy road conditions and water running across the road.

(Region 5 - Fish & Wildlife)

Water closes road into wildlife management area

Tue Feb 14 16:49:48 MST 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed the road leading through the Yellowstone River Wildlife Management Area northwest of Pompeys Pillar because of hazardous conditions.

(Region 5 - Fish & Wildlife)

Reward offered for information on Lake Elmo vandalism

Tue Feb 07 15:20:23 MST 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information about vandalism on buildings at Lake Elmo State Park over the weekend.

(Region 5 - Enforcement)

FWP sets hearings on Grant Marsh WMA land acquisition

Mon Feb 06 13:55:00 MST 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold two public hearings next week to answer questions and hear comments on a proposal to add 425 acres to the Grant Marsh Wildlife Management Area seven miles north of Hardin in Big Horn County.

(Region 5 - Fish & Wildlife)