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Biologists to sample fish at Cooney Reservoir

Fishing - Region 5

Thu Jan 23 14:43:00 MST 2014

BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologists will spend three nights during the next three weeks catching fish for research through the ice at Cooney Reservoir.
FWP fisheries biologist Jason Rhoten said researchers will work throughout the night, starting before dark on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 and 13, along the shore at the Red Lodge Campground. In particular, they are interested in the relative abundance, length, weight, age, diet and general health of ling cod in the 1,078-acre reservoir.
During those three nights, fishermen and other Cooney State Park visitors can expect to encounter people and equipment on the reservoir ice during evening and night hours.