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Welcome to FWP Region 6

Stretching from the shortgrass prairie south of the Canadian border to the fertile cropland along the Milk and Missouri rivers, Region 6 offers recreational opportunities as limitless as the eastern Montana horizon.

Antelope and mule deer inhabit the open and rougher terrain. White-tailed deer abound along rivers and streams, and world-class elk and bighorn sheep herds inhabit the Missouri River Breaks along sprawling Fort Peck Reservoir. The productive Prairie Pothole region produces thousands of ducks and geese. Pheasants are found in agricultural areas, and native sharp-tailed and sage grouse are plentiful in grassy and prairie habitat.

Anglers target walleye, northern pike, Chinook salmon, lake trout and smallmouth bass in Fort Peck Reservoir, and the Missouri River both above and below the lake offers great fishing for a variety of native and introduced species. Smaller reservoirs, such as Nelson near Malta and Fresno and Beaver Creek near Havre, provide more good fishing.

Hunters and anglers rarely experience crowding in this least populous region of the state, but the communities along Montana's Hi-Line offer plenty of accommodations and amenities for visitors and residents alike.

Kids to Fish

Public Pond Fishing Guide

Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan 2012–2022

The Fort Peck Fisheries Management Plan will guide the Department's management activities on the reservoir for the next 10 years. Included in this plan are prescriptions for managing the major game species, including walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, sauger, lake trout and Chinook salmon. The prescriptions for each species include goals for stocking, goals for population size, goals for angler catch rates, and research needs. The plan also discusses the management approach for fishing tournaments, water quality and zooplankton monitoring, and dealing with aquatic invasive species.

Recent Region 6 News

Is your young hunter ready to be an apprentice? If so, get them signed up now!

10/15/2019

Since 2015, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has allowed children as young as 10 to hunt with a mentor for two seasons without completing Hunter Education. The decision of whether the child is ready to be an Apprentice Hunter is left up to the parents or guardians, but FWP offers some tips that may help them to make that decision, and to make the experience safe and positive.

(Region 6 - Hunting)

Free hunter workshop in Glasgow: learn about CWD, how to extract lymph nodes, and how to quarter a big game animal using the “gutless” method

10/10/2019

With the detection of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state of Montana in 2017, the way hunters approach the hunting and processing of the big game animals of the deer family is changing; especially with hunting and processing an animal in a CWD management zone. At this free workshop, hunters will learn all about hunting in a CWD management zone, including information on CWD, how to extract lymph nodes for testing, and how to quarter a big game animal using the “gutless” method. FWP plans to use recently harvested deer for this demonstration.

(Region 6 - CWD)