Bass can solve thePhillips problem

December 02, 2007 11:00 pm

To the editor:

Lyle Kuchenbecker is on the right track.

I totally agree with his assessment of the solution to Phillip Reservoir's dilemma. I have experienced the highs and lows of fishing in Phillips Reservoir. Phillips Reservoir is truly a jewel in the crown of Baker County.

I challenge the ODFW, the U.S. Forestry Department, the Baker County Commission and the EPA to get their act together and make something positive happen to resolve this dilemma within my lifetime.

I would suggest that they consider the introduction of hybrid striped bass into the reservoir.

These fish are hybrids — they do not reproduce. They are a voracious predator, great fighter, grow rapidly and are good to eat — the best of all worlds. The stripers , alone, would be a great fishery on their own merit.

The interim fishery would draw tourist. Properly sized hybrid stripers, introduced in the spring , would not be a major threat to the annually stocked rainbows but would raise havoc with the perch fry. This approach would be self limiting. What have we got to lose? If it doesn't work, we can go right on watching a beautiful asset continue to go down the tube in bureaucratic bog. Google stripped bass hybrids and take up the challenge.

M.B. "Moe" Linzel

Baker City