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Crews nearly ready to sculpt reservoir

ALTAMONT, Duchesne County — The water is gone and so are the fish as construction crews prepare to begin massive digging efforts to shape the new and bigger Big Sandwash Reservoir.

The state Division of Wildlife Resources last week applied plant-derived poison rotenone to kill large and small mouth bass that were illegally introduced introduced into the reservoir. The treatment is also preparatory to the restocking of fish planned next spring.

"We are just returning it to a rainbow (trout) fishery," said Ed Johnson, DWR regional fisheries biologist. "It's basically high-altitude and not within the normal range that we stock bass. We just took advantage of the low water for a low-cost treatment."

Johnson said the DWR will be ready to restock the reservoir as soon as possible but noted that will be determined by the construction schedule.