In Montana, used Christmas trees for fish habitat

MILES CITY, Mont. — Oh, used Christmas trees.

The Miles City chapter of Walleyes Unlimited and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have teamed up to continue improving a popular local fishery, and used Christmas trees will be accepted again this year to later sink into Spotted Eagle Recreation Area for fish habitat.

A drop-off location has been set up at Spotted Eagle, and the trees will be placed in the pond in the coming spring — submerged and anchored trees increase habitat complexity, provide hiding cover for juvenile fish and nesting cover for some species of adult fish.

“This Christmas tree project has been an ongoing activity at Spotted Eagle, and we see the fish using the structure when we conduct electro fishing surveys on the pond,” said Caleb Bollman, Region 7 fisheries biologist.

Questions about the project or tree donation should be directed to Kevin McKoy, Region 7 fisheries technician, at kmckoy@mt.gov or Bollman at cbollman@mt.gov.

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