CSKT Holds Public Meeting on Flathead Trout Management

By Beacon Staff

In the final days before the public comment period closes, tribal fisheries managers are hosting a meeting to discuss management of non-native species like lake trout on Flathead Lake.

The Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation of the Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes is holding a public gathering on Thursday, Aug. 1 in Pablo at 7 p.m.

Tribal fisheries management activities in Flathead Lake are primarily focused on restoring a balance in Flathead Lake through the restoration of the native fish species, including westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout, according to CSKT.

Public comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement opened in June and closes Monday, Aug. 5.

The DEIS proposes strategies to benefit native species by reducing the abundance of lake trout.

The meeting will be held at the Joe McDonald Fitness Center meeting room on the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo on Thursday, Aug. 1, starting at 7 p.m. Members of the tribe’s Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation staff will also provide an early report on the ongoing efforts to reduce non-native lake trout in Flathead Lake.

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