Spotted Eagle reservoir is located in the town of Miles City off of Garryowen road. The reservoir and surrounding property is owned by the City of Miles City. Spotted Eagle receives its water from the Fish, Wildlife & Parks state fish hatchery in Miles City which pumps water from the Yellowstone River and its spillway drains to the Tongue River. The City of Miles City and the Miles City Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited of Montana have invested time and money into making the property and reservoir a quality recreational opportunity for the local community and surrounding region. Fish, Wildlife & Parks Miles City hatchery and fish crew stock and monitor the fish assemblage in Spotted Eagle Reservoir.
Tongue and Yellowstone River flood flows in the spring of 2012 caused water to back up the short ditch between the Tongue River and Spotted Eagle Reservoir spillway allowing non-game river species of fish common to the Tongue and Yellowstone Rivers to colonize the reservoir. It is the goal of Fish, Wildlife & Parks to manage Spotted Eagle as a sport fishing opportunity for the local community and surrounding region. Largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, and yellow perch have all been stocked or transferred to Spotted Eagle over the years to provide angling opportunity. Common carp, river carpsucker, goldeye, shorthead redhorse sucker, white sucker, longnose sucker, bullheads, bigmouth and smallmouth buffalo are non-target fish species that are present in Spotted Eagle Reservoir. These non-target fish are competing with target sport fish in the reservoir for nutrients and habitat that are already limited and exacerbate the problems of slow growth and survival that currently exist for many of
the target sport fish species in Spotted Eagle.
Region 7 fisheries staff proposes several activities or projects to enhance the sport fishing opportunity in Spotted Eagle Reservoir including
1) Mechanical removal (gillnetting and disposal) of non-target fish from Spotted Eagle Reservoir
2) Wild Fish Transfer of yellow perch from Johnson Reservoir to Spotted Eagle Reservoir
3) Construction of a fish barrier in the Spotted Eagle spillway ditch that would prevent non-target fish from recolonizing the reservoir under all but extreme flood flows.
4) Construction of sandstone rock fingers to extend from the shoreline into the reservoir providing fish habitat and bank fishing opportunity to deeper water.
5) Construction of control structure in inflow channel to divert high turbidity water and sediment into cattail slough instead of Spotted Eagle Reservoir. This should prevent sedimentation, retain reservoir water depth (essential for fish overwinter survival) and alleviate localized shoreline erosion that the City has observed on southeast corner of reservoir. (Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 05/24/2012)
On June 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., the commission will hold a public hearing at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Headquarter office located at 1420 East 6th Avenue, Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed amendment of a rule to add Tilapia as a controlled species. (ARM Rules - 05/24/2012)
On June 22, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission (commission) will hold a public hearing at the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 1420 East Sixth Avenue, Helena, Montana to consider the proposed adoption of a rule regarding nonresident deer licenses seperated from nonresident combination licenses. (ARM Rules - 05/24/2012)
On June 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission will hold a public hearing at the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 1420 East Sixth Avenue, Helena, Montana to consider the proposed adoption of rules regarding license auctions and lotteries. (ARM Rules - 05/24/2012)
Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region 7, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for proposed action to improve a small portion of the 110-acre Stipek Fishing Access Site (FAS) on the Yellowstone River near Glendive, MT, in Dawson County, which would include rerouting, grading and gravelling of the entrance road, construction of a single-lane boat ramp, gravel parking area for vehicles with trailers, sealed vault latrine, and erection of fencing and signs.
The draft EA will be available for a 30-day public comment period. Public comments may be submitted by mail to the address below or electronically through this web page, all comments are to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on June 29th:
Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Cathy Stewart
P.O. Box 1630
Miles City, MT 59301
(Development, Improvements, and Enhancements - 05/23/2012)