The FWP Commission took action yesterday to propose limit removals for several mountain lakes in the South Fork of the Flathead Drainage. Fish, Wildlife, and Parks proposes to remove harvest limits on Wildcat Lake prior to rotenone treatment in fall 2010. Removal of nonnative trout from Wildcat Lake is necessary to protect genetically pure westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork drainage.
Removal of harvest limits are also proposed for Pilgrim, George, Woodward, and Pyramid lakes. Genetic swamping is being used in these lakes to replace nonnative trout with westslope cutthroat trout. Increased angler harvest of adult fish in these lakes would increase the rate at which swamping restores these populations to westslope cutthroat.
Public comments can be e-mailed to fisheries biologist, Matt Boyer
Matt's Phone number is (406) 751-4556. The public comment period closes April 10, 2010.