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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

2016 Spring Turkey Hunting

Game Damage

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

Water Carnival and Birding Basics Programs at Fort Peck Interpretive Center

07/15/2016

The Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks invite the public to a fun-filled day on Saturday, July 23. Activities will include a Water Carnival taking place from 1-4 p.m., and a Birding Basics class which will be held from 6-9 p.m. Both events will be held at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center near Fort Peck, and are free of charge.

(Region 6 - Education)

Paddlefish Lottery Tag on Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Season a Success

07/12/2016

Anglers that participated in the Upper Missouri River paddlefish season this spring reported very good catch rates and reduced angling pressure from prior years. For some families, the new season structure was a welcome change after years of fighting crowds rushing to harvest a paddlefish before the quota was filled.

(Region 6 - Fishing)

Bowhunter Education Online Field Day Offered in Glasgow

07/12/2016

A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bowhunter education online field course will take place in Glasgow on Tuesday, July 26. Students must have completed the online education course before participating in the field day.

(Region 6 - Education)