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June 15, 1954 OF A o : R 0 1 a v' a ■' If Your Pond Is Déep, Protected Fr Din Livestock, Y<|)u Can Enjoy m I« w* ' „ ^ s j iiiii : ■ •• « j i 11 I \ % *y * Hi* i % ( v. ?:-v& mm V *'W* ' « ' ?» '***■'*» H|Ä| m Ä:l > mf m Ém; Si Æ jj ï i M m W m ■ÉMüiiii ' « . % > : v . •>'W îl# :V ;!>*<.<;. J * * l#w i ■' SÈ r r \m m r.M S» >,*• ' ■>■!* W: sV 6 V **f*H iis» fp* Good fish-producing pond on Trygvie Birkeland farm, Chouteau County. Stocked with warm-water fish— bluegill and bass—and conveniently close to build ings, this pond is fished often. By BILL STELLMON L IKE TO FISH? Well, then, how would you like your fishing hole right on the farm? Every year, more state farmers and ranchers stock their own ponds or reservoirs with game fish—trout in some cases, bluegill and bass in others. You can probably do the same, because few areas in the state lack good pond sites and the run-off water to fill them. Too, the fish are available to you free of charge from pub licly owned hatcheries—warm-water fish at the rate of 150, 000 to 500,000 a year from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hatchery at Miles City; trout in more limited numbers from state Fish & Game Department hatcheries. Or you can buy what you need from commercial hatcheries. Authorization to stock your pond is also yours for the asking. In order to plant any fish, from either public or pri vate hatcheries, you must have a fish pond license issued by the Fish & Game Department. But it's readily available— if your pond meets certain minimum conditions necessary for fish production. Just how necessary these conditions are can be seen from stocking records in past years. Last fall, the Miles City hatchery delivered thousands of bass and bluegill to farmers in Cascade, Chouteau and Hill Counties. If past history pre vails, few of the fish will survive their first winter; only about one in seven of the reservoirs stocked will ever pro duce any eating fish. Why? For one thing, farm fish ponds are relatively new in Montana and much still must be learned about species and their requirements. For another, far too many ponds which have been stocked were not suitable for fish. But the record is getting better. Each year, fishery biolo gists learn more about fish needs under our conditions. And what they learn is being brought back to you. Now, too, fed eral and state fish-game offices and the Soil Conservation Service are cooperating in (Please turn to next page.) own IV A COVERS MONTANA AND NORTHERN WYOMING ; ' ' ■ • • w U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service truck from Miles City hatchery carries warm-water fish to delivery areas. * M m %>■ m From net to pail. . . , Fish from U.S. Fish & Wildlife hatchery. Miles City, are transported to farm-ranch pond owners in special truck. Planted last fall, blue gill were fingerlings, bass (pictured here) up to inches. Both will be fishing size in couple years.