FWP Proposes Hybrid Trout Suppression Project on Flathead River

By Beacon Staff

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment for the Flathead River Hybrid Trout Suppression Project. FWP is proposing to continue removing hybrid and rainbow trout from the mouths and channels of Abbot, Sekokini, Rabe, Ivy and Third creeks in the main stem and the North Fork of the Flathead River.

Trapping and electrofishing would be used to catch fish during their spawning season between April and May and move the fish to community fishing ponds. FWP would also electrofish between July and September to remove hybrid and rainbow trout offspring. FWP says the goal of the proposed suppression effort is to minimize the loss of westslope cutthroat trout populations in the Flathead River system.

The draft is out for a 30-day public review through March 8. Contact FWP Fisheries Biologist Amber Steed at 751-4541 or e-mail to [email protected] with questions or comments.

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