Another fish pest found in Diamond Lake

DIAMOND LAKE — After spending millions of dollars to get rid of the tui chub to restore the natural balance at Diamond Lake, the state has found another potential fish pest that is not a native.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have found 11 golden shiners in a trap net at a summer home.

Golden shiners are a popular bait fish. But biologists say they don't belong in Diamond Lake, especially after all the effort to clear out the tui chub.

The chub population had grown out of control, damaging water quality and sport fishing before the state used a special chemical to eliminate them.

Oregon State Police say the use of live bait in Diamond Lake is illegal and should be reported.

— The Associated Press

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