Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has scheduled three open houses to discuss the Upper Missouri River Reservoirs Fisheries Management Plan. The plan guides fisheries management on Canyon Ferry, Hauser, and Holter reservoirs and the Missouri River below Toston and Hauser dams.
The open house schedule is:
• July 8 – Helena, Montana Wild Auditorium, 6 p.m.
• July 10 – Great Falls, Region 4 Headquarters, 6 p.m.
• July 17 – Bozeman, Region 3 Headquarters, 6 p.m.
FWP determined which areas of the plan need to be addressed based on public scoping in summer 2018, open houses, and an online survey conducted last winter. This spring a 15-member citizen work group representing a variety of interests was convened to consider these specific areas of the plan and develop alternatives for FWP to include in the next draft plan.
The work group developed alternatives for the following issues: plan responsiveness and duration; rainbow trout stocking; yellow perch management in Canyon Ferry and Holter; and walleye management throughout the plan area. The open houses will offer an opportunity to learn more about the alternatives and give input on alternatives for the draft plan.