The South Fork Flathead westslope cutthroat trout conservation program will continue this fall with rotenone treatment of Necklace Lakes and Smokey Creek during August 28 through September 4, 2011 (pending fire conditions in the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
The purpose of this project is to remove nonnative trout and the threat they pose to westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork drainage. Westslope cutthroat trout will be restocked in Necklace Lakes the following spring to reestablish the recreational fishery.
During this project, Smokey Creek Trail #120 will be closed on the Spotted Bear District from Sapphire Pass to the junction with Big Salmon Creek Trail #110. For more information please visit the Westslope Cutthroat Trout website. Or, contact fisheries biologist Matt Boyer at 751-4556.