Species Removal & Relocation
Tue Jul 23 09:49:00 MDT 2013
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) proposes to transfer wild sauger from the Fred Robinson Bridge area of the Missouri River to Jakes Reservoir. Sauger were stocked in Jakes Reservoir in 2003 and 2005 to reduce yellow perch numbers and stunting. It appears that sauger from the 2005 year class previously transferred had limited if any survival and the 2003 year class is getting old. Total length and condition of yellow perch improved through 2009. Condition of yellow perch has declined by 30% and mean length by nearly one inch in the past 2 – 3 years (through 2012). FWP would like to continue with the sauger predation program at Jakes. Missouri River sauger are only available as wild fish transfer from outside the hatchery system. A maximum of 100 sauger from 5–13 inches in length would be transferred annually for up to five years. To minimize impacts on the wild sauger population, sauger would be moved after the spawning season from a 37 mile reach of river between Cow Creek and the Rock Creek boat ramp.