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Potentially Less Fishing Restriction On Flathead Lake

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With only one vote against, the Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife board is giving its okay to fewer slot restrictions on Lake Trout on Flathead Lake.

Right now, Lake Trout between 30 and 36 inches have to be thrown back, but this would get rid of that rule for the southern half of the lake on reservation land.

Board chairman Joe Brenneman says this is an effort to try to help the native Bull Trout population recover.

He says the tribe believes the Bull Trout are dying, while the state keeps saying the numbers are stable.

"There's a difference of opinion," said Brenneman, "There is, however, not a difference of opinion, I don't think probably from no fisherman in the area, that Bull Trout are important."

Now the decision is up to the tribal council and the state.

The FWP commission will meet on January 9.

 

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