Drought Hurts Streams

By: Shane Symolon Email
By: Shane Symolon Email

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says our streams are in bad shape because of the drought. It has even caused officials to postpone restocking the fish in some streams.

The department says the waterways are still very low and that the recent rains didn't help much.

When the department has gone to restock fish, they have been putting fewer in the water, because there just isn't enough stream to hold them all.

"We'll have problems because one, we're raising fish in hatcheries that depend on the amount of flow. So we have less hatcheries to raise them, and we do have to move fish, so we can raise next years fish. So it compounds the problem over a two to three year period really," says Larry Mohn, DGIF.

Fishery officials say another big rain could make a big difference in the water levels of streams.

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