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Tribes eye gill-netting at Flathead Lake

Tribes eye gill-netting at Flathead Lake

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KALISPELL — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes want to remove about 30,000 non-native lake trout from Flathead Lake this year using gill netting.

The tribes published a final environmental impact statement in the Federal Register on Feb. 21.

The public can comment on the document until March 21.

The Tribal Council is expected to issue a record of decision approving the project soon after that, setting up gill netting to begin as early as April.

Tribal biologist Barry Hansen says the tribe is drafting a plan with a goal of removing up to 100,000 lake trout this year through angling and gill netting.

He says the 30,000 gill netting goal could be adjusted based on anglers success.

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