Thu Mar 29 10:05:00 MDT 2012
Montana Fish, Wildlife and FWP proposes to remove northern pike, blue gill and, if time permits, yellow perch from East Fork Reservoir starting in spring 2012, prior to the late summer draw down proposed by the City of Lewistown. East Fork Reservoir is proposed to be drained to allow repair of the damaged gate stem on the upstream face of East Fork Dam. Removals may also occur during and immediately after the East Fork drawdown. The objective of the fish removal is to reduce the magnitude of fish in the reservoir that may wash downstream into East Fork Spring Creek and Big Spring Creek and protect the downstream fishery. It is anticipated that 100 – 200 northern pike and less than100 bluegill will be removed, but under ideal sampling conditions the number of northern pike could be much higher. The Environmental Assessment (EA) was made available to the public on February 17, 2012 and the comment period ended March 20, 2012. A press release about the proposed plan was also distributed. Four comments were received. Two comments were in support of the action, one opposed, and one commenter requested composting of the fish carcasses. The decision notice provides responses to the comments. It is my decision to proceed with the proposed action to remove northern pike and bluegill but not yellow perch from East Fork Reservoir.