Creel surveys planned at Fort Peck this summer

2014-06-20T06:00:00Z 2014-06-21T15:16:05Z Creel surveys planned at Fort Peck this summer The Billings Gazette
June 20, 2014 6:00 am

Anglers fishing on Fort Peck Reservoir this summer may be asked a few questions about their experience once they come off the water.

That’s because another angling creel survey is underway on the state’s largest water body. The surveys, which take place every three years on Fort Peck, are being based at various marinas and boat ramps around the reservoir. They’ll continue through the end of September.

The contracted creel clerks are asking anglers a variety of questions about their day’s fishing. The clerks may also ask to measure any harvested fish.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist Heath Headley said that detailed information gathered from these surveys helps FWP better manage fisheries resources by providing information on fishing pressure, as well as such things as size of fish harvested and angler catch rates, which reveal how long it takes people to hook a fish.

Other survey questions involve the species being targeted, as well as details about where anglers are from and the general areas where they fished.

This year’s creel survey is being conducted in conjunction with other FWP crews that will be running check stations on the reservoir while searching for an array of aquatic invasive species that might be hiding on boats and trailers.

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