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By Zoie Koostra

Fish Study in Lake Alva Finds Little Change in Population


Zoie Koostra, Pathfinder

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Caleb Verling measures a suckerfish during the agency's annual study of fish populations in the area lakes.

It may seem like there's something fishy going on in the region's lakes, something involving net fences and two scientists in a boat, but the goings on are only fishy in the literal sense of the word.

While Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists Ladd Knotek and Caleb Verling were preparing their boat to check nets in Lake Alva for fish on the morning of Wednesday, May 30, a man camping nearby came up to inquire about what the nets were doing in the lake.

"We get that a lot," Knotek said. "People really what to know what we're doing out here."

The study of the lake's fish is conducted in each l...

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