Army Corps Raises Missouri River Level

1 decade 4 months 2 days ago May 26, 2006 May 26, 2006 Friday, May 26 2006 Friday, May 26, 2006 6:40:40 PM CDT in News

Now, the wildlife service is out fishing, to see if the spring rise worked.

"We're getting some prespawn activity, or what appears to be prespawn activity," said Starostka. "So it looks like there may be some response in the upper river."

Pallid sturgeon and most other fish in the Missouri feed along the river's bottom. So, the wildlife service is using nets like those used by Gulf Coast shrimpers to catch pallid sturgeon, identify them and release them.

"The primary goal of tagging these fish is to get a population estimate," said Starostka.

There are no signs yet of more sturgeon, although the river rise has spawned another surge.

"It's great for fishing because it caused the catfishing to pick up," explained Robert Brown, owner of Katfish Katy's.

But, Brown also said most people didn't notice the rise.

"People were out there and, you know, 'Is this the spring rise?' Well, yeah, kind of. But it really didn't make much difference."

Despite that, Brown said, he's against the spring rise.

"If, on the back of the spring rise you get heavy rains, it could put us into a flooding event."

The Fish and Wildlife Service said it has considered those concerns, but the Columbia office has not yet received word about possible plans for next spring's rise.

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