This is how New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologists netted and moved some 7,000 perch from Eagle Nest Lake.
The NM Game and Fish Facebook page has posted a video showing biologists trapping, scooping, and translocating thousands of perch from Eagle Nest Lake in the northern part of the state to Abiquiu Lake along I84 north of Santa Fe.
Saying that “About 20 years ago, yellow perch were illegally placed into Eagle Nest Lake in northeastern New Mexico, where they since have become overpopulated. Now, biologists believe they may serve a purpose elsewhere” the NM Game and Fish has put their words into action with the capture and release of some 7,000 fish in the state.
Here’s a great look at it through the eyes of the biologists working on the project.
Since Eagle Nest Lake is primarily a rainbow trout and kokanee salmon fishery, unwanted competition occurs between the species. Now that Abiquiu Lake has a burgeoning population of walleye and smallmouth bass, biologists expect them to subsequently dine on the new perch.
You may have noticed some pike on the capture boat as well. Since they were illegally introduced into in the lake as well regulations dictate that any pike caught must be kept. There is no season or limit for pike in Eagle Nest Lake and anglers are encouraged to catch and keep as many as they want.
Thanks to the NM Game and Fish page for sharing this well done video!