That’s A Lotta Perch!

A whopping 300,000 yellow perch were netted out of Phillips Reservoir last month — six to seven times as many as last year’s effort.

ODFW put nets into the Eastern Oregon lake, once a popular and lucrative trout fishery, for two and a half weeks right after ice-off when the fish come shallow, reports the Baker City Herald.

The perch were illegally stocked at some point during the 1980s or 1990s are so crazily productive that they’ve overpopulated the lake and stunted themselves.

We wrote about the perch problem last fall. Here are some images from last spring’s haul, which netted an estimated 46,500 perch:

HAULING IN A NET SET FOR PERCH, PHILLIPS RESERVOIR 2009. (ODFW)

NET FULL OF PERCH, PHILLIPS RESERVOIR 2009. (ODFW)

PERCH NETTING AT PHILLIPS RESERVOIR 2009. (ODFW)

ODFW also netted two years in a row in the mid-2000s, gathering a total of 300,000.

This year, the dead ones were hauled off to a farmer’s field, the paper notes. The agency will also net next spring, the Herald writes.

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