Georgetown Lake business owners optimistic after dead fish report

Posted at 12:00 PM, May 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-27 14:00:09-04

GEORGETOWN LAKE –  Georgetown Lake businesses expected fishing to be good over the Memorial Day weekend despite a recent report of a large amount of fish dying.

“There are boats on the lake, fishermen out there, we just actually went fishing Sunday and it was actually really good fishing,” said Dawn Gordon, who works at Seven Gables.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials reported this week that 300 to 500 dead fish were found at the lake earlier this month.

The deaths were possibly due to low oxygen from the long winter and heavy snow. Despite the deaths, locals are not too concerned.

“I think there’s plenty of fish in Georgetown Lake," said Greg Markovich." I’ve always heard it’s the second most productive lake in Montana and it sure seems things are kind of normal."

Businesses are hoping for above normal traffic for the long Memorial Day weekend and this is a fickle time of year for business.

“It’s all weather-driven and if the sun is shining, we’re busy and if it’s not, we’re usually not busy,” said Kathy Laslovich, who owns Moose Marina.

Although the initial report of the fish on Georgetown Lake was at first concerning, locals said in the past two weeks they take comfort knowing there have not been more reports of mass fish die-off.

“It hasn’t happened in a long time. I think it was the amount of snow we got on top of the ice. I think it will be just fine. Right now the report is the fishing is very good,” Laslovich said.

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