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SANDPOINT -- A study is planned in northern Idaho to estimate the number of lake trout in Priest Lake along with what they eat and their survival rates.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will conduct the study with the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources and the Kalispel Tribe.

Information gleaned from the study will be used to develop a sport fishery plan for the popular lake.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that from March to May, deep-water trap nets and short-duration gill nets will be used to capture lake trout and mark them with tags.

Upper and lower Priest Lakes have historically been popular fishing destinations.

But Fish and Game officials say fishing has fallen off since lake trout became the dominant species in the lake.

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