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David Sparks, Ph.D. 4-5 SS F&G Trout
by David Sparks, Ph.D., click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: April 05, 2011

 A shout out for fish and game departments throughout the Northwest. I’m David Sparks  and I’ll come back with Sportsman’s Spotlight in just a minute. I’ve talked to a lot of Fish and game officials over the years. One thing you can be certain of is that they are true outdoorsman. Which means they care deeply about fish and game. A recent conversation with fishing game’s Greg Losinski illustrated their efforts to keep a wonderful trout fishery healthy. “The golden shiners are very good at eating when there’s hundreds of thousands of them in the reservoir. They basically out-compete the trout for food and since were trying to have the trout in the reservoir for a fishery then it’s definitely not a good thing to have those shiners in there. They’re a non-native species, they don’t belong here. Once we originally built it within two years of stocking our hatchery, catchable sized fish which are 8 to 12 inches long were there. Within two years of that we had 20+ inch fish being caught in the reservoir. Then when we used the poison in 2006, again by 2008 I think we were seeing fish that were in excess of 20 inches. So that means you’re trying to preserve good trout fishing for everyone, right? That’s the plan. It’s a really popular fishery and the beautiful Lake so yes we’re trying to maintain that fishery, the best fishery we can produce out there while at the same time trying to prevent a non-native species from getting established.

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