Fort Peck angler creel survey underway

A happy angler shows off a nice lake trout at Fort Peck Reservoir, where a creel survey is underway.

Photo courtesy of Steve Dalbey, Fish, Wildlife and Parks

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

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is conducting an angling “creel” survey on the state’s largest and most popular warm water fishery to monitor catch rates of popular game fish and determine level of satisfaction with the fishery.

The data-gathering, face-to-face surveys will be based at marinas and boat ramps around the reservoir.  Creel clerks will ask several questions about the day’s fishing and will also measure all harvested fish.

“The interview is short and shouldn’t take more than a couple minutes,” said Fort Peck Reservoir fisheries biologist Heath Headley.

According to Headley, detailed information gathered from these surveys helps FWP better manage the Fort Peck fisheries by providing information on fishing pressure, size of fish harvested and angler catch rates. The surveys are underway and will continue until September.

“We’d like to thank all anglers in advance for their cooperation during these surveys and wish everyone the best of luck fishing this summer,” Headley said.

If there are any questions, please contact Headley at (406) 526-3471, or email hheadley@mt.gov.

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