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)
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)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has issued a Decision Notice for the Witt Roadside Menagerie Draft Environmental Assessment--a proposal to issue a Roadside Menagerie permit to Salima Witt to possess 3 non-human primates northwest of Darby, Ravalli County. No comments were received during the comment period, and the permit will be issued upon final inspection of the menagerie facilities. (Decision Notices - 05/21/2012)
The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared for the Middle Madison Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Project. A total of 1 comment was received during the 14-day comment period ending May 21, 2012. This Decision Notice and EA are available for review in Helena at FWP’s Headquarters and the State Library. They also may be viewed on FWP’s Internet website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov.
Fish, Wildlife & Parks has decided to proceed with the proposed project with no changes to the Draft EA. Thank you for your interest.
(Decision Notices - 05/21/2012)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposes to introduce westslope cutthroat trout to a fishless reach of Twelvemile Creek, a tributary to Deep Creek in the Big Hole River Drainage. Non-hybridized westslope cutthroat trout are present in Twelvemile Creek, the last non-hybridized population in the Deep Creek drainage. The cutthroat population is low and declining due to competition from non-native brook trout. Approximately three miles of fishless habitat is present in Twelvemile Creek upstream of a cascade fish barrier. FWP proposes to capture the cutthroat trout in Twelvemile Creek using electrofishing and transporting the fish upstream of the barrier with the hope of conserving this population before it is extirpated. (Species Removal & Relocation - 05/18/2012)