Fish, Wildlife and Parks recently sampled several southeastern Montana prairie ponds. Several of the ponds have very low water levels and fish populations are either low or have winter killed in several locations. Winter conditions the last two years has produced little run-off and prolonged snow cover on the ice surface of the ponds. Under these winter conditions aquatic vegetation dies and decomposition follows which consumes oxygen in the water. This creates oxygen starved water which does not support a fish population.
Ponds in the Terry,
Anglers are also reminded that permission to fish private ponds, even those stocked by FWP, requires landowner permission.