(Photo Caption: FWP Fisheries Technician Chris Hurley with a 24.2-inch green female walleye near Pond 1 on Canyon Ferry Reservoir)
Foul weather continues to make the spring walleye spawning survey on Canyon Ferry Reservoir very interesting. Traps have only fished a handful of days since the last report due to inclement weather. However, conditions reached optimal spawning conditions (48-52°F) for a few days late last week and crews were able to tag nearly 150 walleye, which pushes the spring total to just over 250 walleye sampled. Some mid-20 inch female walleye continue to cruise the shoreline and most of the females are either green or ripe. Look for fish to continue cruising shorelines throughout the reservoir for the next couple weeks and FWP staff is planning to run traps into early May. Over 1,200 rainbows have been sampled this spring and only one more northern pike to report since the last update.
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(Report by Adam Strainer – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)