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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

Nelson Reservoir to Remain Low through the Winter

Wed Dec 07 11:28:00 MST 2016

Nelson Reservoir, located 20 miles northeast of Malta, will be approximately 15 ft (2206 ft elevation) below full pool elevation of 2221 ft, or 37% of full pool capacity. The reservoir was drawn down to complete a Bureau of Reclamation Safety of Dams project to remedy certain deficiencies associated with the dikes.

(Region 6 - Fishing)

Region 6 Havre-Area Check Station Results for the 2016 Season

Mon Dec 05 08:55:12 MST 2016

The final results are in at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Havre check station for the 2016 hunting season. The check station was open from Oct. 8 (the open of general antelope) through Nov. 27 (the end of the deer/elk general season). Overall, both hunter numbers and big-game harvest increased from last year, with mule deer numbers being the highest in several years.

(Region 6 - Hunting)

General Big Game Season Ends in Region 6, Shoulder Season Starts Soon

Mon Dec 05 08:30:14 MST 2016

This year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 has a shoulder season that allows antlerless elk hunting from Dec. 15-Dec. 31, with a specific B-license. Elk licenses (general elk or B-licenses) valid during the archery and general seasons are not valid for the shoulder season in Region 6. Hunters must have previously applied for this opportunity during the June 1 license drawing, and received their elk B-license that is only valid during the R6 shoulder season

(Region 6 - Hunting)

Region 6 Havre Check Station Results after Third Week of General Hunting Season

Fri Nov 11 22:09:13 MST 2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Havre hunter check station was fairly active over the third weekend of general deer and elk season, with most big game species seeing an increase in harvest from the past few years. This is the fifth weekend that the check station has been open.

(Region 6 - Hunting)