This morning with the help of R.E. Miller the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks began draining the Blacktail Meadows kids fishing pond.
Partnering up with the Beaverhead Outdoors Association they are beginning to improve the fishery at the pond. Common carps, longnose suckers and white suckers were introduced to the pond during a flooding event in the nearby Pigtail Slough several years ago. Since then, the quality of fishery at the pond has declined.
According to a press release by the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks:
The proposed action is to draw the pond down by pumping and remove these fish using rotenone. The pond would be actively or naturally detoxified within 7 days, and rainbow or cutthroat trout would be stocked multiple times the following spring and in subsequent years. FWP received no comments during a 30-day comment period ending on September 30, 2020. Based on the Environmental Assessment and need to improve this fishery, it is my decision to proceed with the removal of common carp, longnose sucker, and white sucker from the Blacktail Meadows Kids Fishing Pond. I find there to be no significant impacts on the human and physical environments associated with this project. Therefore, I conclude that the Environmental Assessment is the appropriate level of analysis, and that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required.
For more information on this project you can contact, Matt Jaeger Hydropower, Native Species & Beaverhead-Ruby Program Manager Fisheries Division Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Region 3 730 N. Montana Dillon, MT 59725 O: (406) 683-9310 | C: (406) 925-1343