Chinook salmon and egg collection efforts gearing up on Fort Peck

Snagging season for anglers runs Oct. 1-Nov. 30, anglers encouraged to be aware of fishery crews


October 12, 2022

FWP crew electroshocking salmon. Photo Courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

FWP fisheries and hatchery staff will begin collecting adult Chinook salmon on Fort Peck Reservoir starting the first week of October. The annual collection effort lasts through much of October, with the goal of collecting as many eggs as possible. Salmon are then raised in the hatchery and will be released back into the reservoir in the spring of 2023. Collection efforts coincide with the salmon snagging season, which begins Saturday, Oct. 1, and runs through Nov. 30.

Chinook salmon cannot successfully spawn naturally in the reservoir, so staff must collect fish, harvest the eggs, and rais...

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