FWP Seeking Public Comment on Bass Lake Restoration Project

By Beacon Staff

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment for the Bass Lake Restoration Project.

The project includes a proposal to remove northern pike from Bass Lake and Mud Creek in Northwest Montana using a combination of netting, trapping and electrofishing, and restocking the lake with native westslope cutthroat trout, according to FWP.

This project would be conducted within the Mud Creek watershed located approximately six miles southeast of Eureka. According to FWP, the removal of northern pike would help restore native fish populations in the Tobacco River and Lake Koocanusa, which Bass Lake and Mud Creek feed. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund the project. The draft is out for a 30-day public review through June 8.

Copies of the draft environmental assessment are available at the FWP office, 490 N. Meridian Rd. in Kalispell; Montana State Library, 1515 E 6th Ave., Helena; Lincoln County Libraries, 220 W 6th St., Libby, 207 N 3rd, Troy, and 318 Dewey Avenue, Eureka; and the FWP website.

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