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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 reminded to lock up garbage, attractants

Tue Aug 15 08:24:06 MDT 2017

BILLINGS — A small brown-colored black bear that has been hanging around a neighborhood northeast 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)

Big Horn County backs off of severe fire restrictions

Tue Aug 15 08:22:37 MDT 2017

BILLINGS — Campfires once again will be allowed at Tongue River Reservoir State Park campgrounds after Big Horn County commissioners backed away from severe fire restrictions.

(Region 5 - Drought & Fire)

Historic high runoff brings paddlefish to Bighorn trout water

Thu Aug 10 16:02:15 MDT 2017

BILLINGS — Unusually high water flows in the Bighorn River this spring made trout fishing tough for the average angler, but they are starting to reveal a silver lining for the fishery in general with the arrival of August.

(Region 5 - Fish & Wildlife)

FWP restricts campfires at Carbon County properties

Tue Aug 08 13:10:05 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will ban campfires and restrict smoking and other activities at its fishing access sites and wildlife management area in Carbon County starting Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, because of wildfire danger.

(Region 5 - Drought & Fire)

FWP bans fires at Tongue River Reservoir, Big Horn County sites

Mon Jul 31 14:53:35 MDT 2017

BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will ban campfires and restrict smoking and other activities at its properties in Big Horn County, including Tongue River Reservoir State Park, starting Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, because of wildfire danger.

(Region 5 - Drought & Fire)