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FWP expects local fishery to recover


October 13, 2017

Havre Daily News/Floyd Brandt

The level of water in Fresno Reservoir Wednesday sits below boat docks and exposes land normally underwater, even with the end of irrigation season and recent precipitation. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reports the reservoir was 48.3 percent full Thursday, compared to 64 percent full Oct. 11, 2017. The level dropped as low as 13 percent full in mid-August. FWP says that despite the low levels of water, barring continued drought or other problems the fish population should recover.

Despite a summer plagued by heat and drought that contributed to low water levels, a local biologist said the fish population of Fresno Reservoir, Bear Paw Lake and Beaver Creek Reservoir are on track to recovery, if the drought does not continue.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist Cody Nagel said Thursday that recent surveys showed this summer's low pool levels hurt the population of younger forage fish - young perch, crappie and shiner - in Fresno. The bright side, however, Nagel said, is the walleye population had a successful spawn.

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