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By Andi Bourne

Trap Nets Prove Effective for Smallmouth Removal


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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Fisheries Biologist Ladd Knotek and Technician Will Schreck caught 24 smallmouth Thursday, May 5 on Seeley Lake. All smallmouth are being removed from the lake in an effort prevent them from spreading into the Chain of Lakes.

SEELEY LAKE - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) are continuing their mission to remove smallmouth bass, a non-native, illegally introduced species, from Seeley Lake.

After installing radio transmitters and tracking smallmouth's movement in 2014, they learned that the bass congregate in spring to spawn in the south bay of Seeley Lake. This is the third year they have set trap nets in the south bay in an effort to remove spawning smallmouth from the fishery.

Although there were unconfirmed reports, FWP received its first confirmed reports of smallmouth bass in Seeley Lake from anglers...

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