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1931 June 14 grayling worry cont.

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1931 June 14 grayling worry cont. - Superintendent of Fisheries Finds Stock Fall- •...
Superintendent of Fisheries Finds Stock Fall- • Ing-Off in Streams. {Continued Prom Page 1.) ling eggs are taken at the Flint creek Elation, which Is recognized as the largest institution of its kind In the world. Two years ago our fish culturlsls took something mare than 15,000,000 grayling eggs. Last year the graying egg-take diminished to 5,000,000. This season we have been able to secure but 1,500,000. "It Is apparent that the grayling are slowly disappearing from Georgetown lake, and the state fish and game department Is doing everything within its power to check the depletion. It Is our Intention, unless conditions are changed, to place 1,500,000 grayling eggs taken this season in the battery of grayling Jars at the Anaconda hatchery, bring thorn to the yolk etage and then turn them right back into their native waters in Georgetown lake, where once they were produced by the millions. In this manner we may be able to replenish the supply In the lake and provide stock . enough to boost the egg supply in later years." -. In a strenuous effort to solve the puzzling problem, Superintendent MacDonald, has made many trips around Georgetown lake In a motor boat endeavoring to determine whether the run of greyllng was located at some spot other than .through the traps at Flint creek. In another effort to secure sufficient eggs to provide a supply for Montana anglers, Superintendent MacDonald made a day and night drive to Elk lake, in the Centennial valley, where the grayling eggs were originally taken. There he found the supply at the minimum and but few of the famed fish were found, hence the possibility of securing and additional supply of eggs faded, , During the last two days of the •week, no trout eggs have been taken at the Georgetown station. Rainbow and native trout which crowd the .traps were found "green" and not ready to spawn. The runway froin the lake to the traps still Is choked with trout fighting their way up- ctream to spawn and at the same time the waters of Flint" creek are receding. The spawn taking operations depend on the flow of water !n the creek. Wh.en the waters fall too low, the artificial, egg-taking Is ' checked and the. remaining trout must be ieSt to'spawn naturally. Fortunately, enough trout" eggs have •'' already been taken to fill the troughs In all state hatcheries. Mr. Smith, editor of Montana Wild Life, who has been spending a, portion of the week! In Butte meietlns • members of the Anglers club and leading sportsmen of the community, last night commended sports. ' men for their splendid co-operation and manifest interest in the official publication of tho.State Fish and Game department. While here ho visited the rearing ponds at Maiden Rock and the club hatchery at Divide. The state department expects to supply Butte anglers with 1,500,000 eggs before the spawning season closes and many of them are now hatching under ideal conditions at the' hatchery under tho attention of Charles Bell. beet and of of is

Clipped from Montana Butte Standard, 14 Jun 1931, Sun,  Page

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  • 1931 June 14 grayling worry cont.

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