Fort Peck Reservoir Fish and Hatchery crews receive award

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Fort Peck Reservoir Fish and Hatchery crews receive award

Bill Viste (left) holds a northern pike. Bill is a member of the Region 6 Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management team that received the 2020 the “Outstanding Public Service and Sport Fish Project – Team of the Year Award.”

Fort Peck Reservoir Fish and Hatchery crews receive award

Heath Headley (above), with a bigmouth buffalo, is a member of the Region 6 Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management team that received the 2020 the “Outstanding Public Service and Sport Fish Project – Team of the Year Award.”

Photos courtesy of FWP

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced the Region 6 Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management team (Heath Headley, Jeff Remus and Bill Viste) in tandem with the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery team (Wade Geraets, Ryan Lott, Matt Baxter and BJ Erickson) received the 2020 “Outstanding Public Service and Sport Fish Project – Team of the Year Award” for their service to the sportsmen and women of Montana.

According to Region 6 Fisheries Manager Steve Dalbey, this group “has demonstrated a can-do attitude over the past several years.”

The two crews are independent teams, as the Fisheries Management crew is part of Region 6 management, whereas the Hatchery crew is managed out of Helena. However, both of these crews are working toward a common goal: to produce the highest quality fishery in Fort Peck Reservoir.

“They are the staff out there in all types of weather and at all hours of the day to produce walleye and Chinook salmon eggs for the state of Montana and beyond,” added Dalbey. “They have consistently exceeded expectations collecting and raising record numbers of walleye and Chinook eggs for stocking back into Fort Peck Reservoir and other waters across Montana.The coordination between these two teams deserves this special acknowledgment.”

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