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Fishing program looks to control trout population

By Kevin Lessard, KCFW Reporter, klessard@kcfw.com
Published On: Jun 24 2013 07:15:03 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 08:30:47 PM MDT
FLATHEAD LAKE
KALISPELL, Mont. -

A tribal fisheries program is hoping to increase the population of native trout in Flathead Lake.

The fisheries program is hoping that it will make it easier for the native trout species -- such as the Bull Trout and Cutthroat Trout -- to survive. They want to cut the population of non-native trout in the lake by nearly 25 percent of what they have for current estimates.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are working with the tribe's fishing program, in hopes that they can work together to come up with a solution.

"I think we all have the same thing in mind we want to help native fish in Flathead Lake,” said John Fraley of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  “But we also want to have a recreational fishery as well because it's important to our economy and to get anglers out there to catch the non-native fish."

The fisheries program will be holding a meeting for public comments and ideas to be heard in July.