Brett French Presents: Smallmouth Bass found in Shields River
By angelamontana

Posted: October 23, 2020

Smallmouth bass that were illegally planted in Cottonwood Reservoir have escaped into the Shields River. The Shields is a tributary to the Yellowstone River and prime Yellowstone cutthroat trout habitat. Next year, the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing to require anglers to keep and turn in any smallmouth caught on the river. By the end of the summer, the agency is hoping to have a plan worked out with irrigators to remove any bass from the reservoir. To learn more about the bucket biology, check out my story at  

Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette/Montana Untamed
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