State searching for illegally introduced fish in Bozeman-area ponds

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Fisheries officials are on the hunt for illegally introduced fish in a number of small ponds around the Gallatin Valley.

Travis Horton, regional fisheries manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said agency staff are using gill nets and electrofishing equipment on Bozeman Pond, Glen Lake, the ponds at Gallatin Regional Park and several others to survey the different fish species in each pond.

Crews are using both floating and sinking nets to look for fish. Horton said they’re knocking out a couple ponds each day and may do some next week.

FWP has long been worried about so-called “bucket biology” — shorthand for illegal introductions of fish into new waterbodies. The sampling at ponds around the valley will help them understand the scope of the problem here and what fish are available to people hoping to move them.

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