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Water conditions complicate Bighorn sauger efforts

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 05 2012 10:14:09 AM MST
BILLINGS, Mont. -

Mother Nature isn't cooperating with an effort to boost sauger numbers in Bighorn Reservoir in northern Wyoming and southern Montana.
    
Last year, the problem was high water. This year, it was warm water.
    
Fisheries managers have been hoping to increase sauger numbers in Bighorn Reservoir by gathering eggs from the spring spawn in the Bighorn River in Wyoming.
    
Young fish are raised from those eggs at the Miles City Hatchery in Montana and stocked at the Montana end of Bighorn Reservoir.
    
Unusually high water last year made it difficult to catch sauger for their eggs. This year, warm water made many of the fish eggs gathered unviable.
    
Biologists say they may have to push back their fish stocking goals.