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.
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
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have released information on the number of watercraft inspected at Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) stations and the number of failed inspections. FWP reminds folks recreating on Montana waters to continue to be aware of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), and to continue to stop at AIS inspections stations.
(Region 6 - Enforcement)
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the last hunter education class offered in the Glasgow area for this year’s hunting season. To be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2015 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16th, 2016.
(Region 6 - Education)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking for public input on its values, needs and priorities as part of its ’15 & Forward initiative to plan for the next 10 years. Nine listening sessions are scheduled throughout the state between July 20 and Aug. 12.
(Region 6 - Inside FWP)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking bow-fisherman to properly dispose of unwanted fish and related wastes. It’s summertime, and lots of people are out recreating on area waters, including bow-fisherman who are pursuing paddlefish and non-game fish with bows and arrows.
(Region 6 - Fishing)
In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Blaine and Hill counties.
(Region 6 - Drought & Fire)