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Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking comments on a draft environmental assessment proposing to stock tiger muskies in Willow Creek Reservoir, northwest of Augusta.

Willow Creek Reservoir covers 1,314 acres and is stocked annually with 75,000 rainbow trout fingerlings.

Recent gill net sampling, however, indicates the fish community is dominated by white suckers, which constitute 85 to 95 percent of all fish sampled. As a result there has been a measurable decline in the relative weight of the rainbow trout since 2009.

Stocking the reservoir with tiger muskie would help the rainbow trout fishery by controlling the sucker population and providing an additional trophy fishery. Tiger muskies are a hybrid of northern pike and muskellunge.

A draft EA on the proposed stockings is available for public viewing on the FWP website: fwp.mt.gov

On the website, go to public notices, then environmental assessments and species stocking. Comments can be sent to: Dave Yerk, FWP, P.O. Box 746, Choteau, MT 59422; or to dyerk@mt.gov

Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on July 2.

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