The Lake Pend Oreille Fishery Recovery Task Force and Idaho Fish and Game have scheduled an informational "State of the Lake" public meeting to discuss the status of fish populations in Lake Pend Oreille and the progress of the fishery recovery effort.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 21, at the Ponderay Events Center by the Bonner Mall north of Sandpoint.
The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in the lake. Following the presentations, there will be a question and answer session as well as time for informal discussion after the meeting.
Presentations will summarize the results of the 2012 predator removal efforts, status of kokanee and bull trout populations, and recap the recent rule changes. In addition, biologists will present results of a recent genetic assessment of the rainbow trout population, comparing the fish from Pend Oreille to those in Kootenay Lake, British Columbia, where the population originally came from.
For information, contact Idaho Fish and Game at 208-769-1414. Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by contacting Jim Fredericks at the number above; or, through the Idaho Relay Service at 1 800 377 2529 (TDD).