Species Removal & Relocation
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. 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.