Something’s fishy at Powwow Pond

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  • By Devin Doskey
  • 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs

Powwow Pond received its first restock of fish this year. Those with base access can fish for largemouth bass, rainbow trout and bluegill.

“Stocking the pond is done to maintain a healthy fish population in order to provide fishing access,” said Jason Garneau, 341st Civil Engineering Squadron environmental flight liaison. “The park and fishing are here for military members and their families to enjoy the outdoors and boost morale on Malmstrom.

“People get to enjoy nature without having to travel far,” continued Garneau. “It is also a very safe place to take children with a good chance at catching a fish.”

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks conducts animal species surveys on the pond throughout the year.

“We used to have a big problem with goldfish,” said Garneau. “We introduced largemouth bass in order to eradicate the reproduction of the goldfish.”

Goldfish were placed in the pond by people looking for a new home for their pets. Despite the good intention, these goldfish compete with the trout for resources, damage the vegetation and diminish the pond’s capability to support trout.

“Currently, there are few goldfish and if caught please do not put them back or place any more goldfish into pond,” said Garneau.

The 341 CES environmental flight works hard to provide the Wing One community with an environmentally sound recreational fishing spot.

The first stock of the year included over 200 rainbow trout, an additional 250 will be introduced in preparation for Malmstrom kids fishing day, Saturday, June 15.

For more information on kids fishing day or other outdoor activities, visit the 341st Force Support Squadron website or contact outdoor recreation at 406-731-3263.