Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

So long, suckers.(Final)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

State unleashes 120,000 imported muskies to rid two lakes of unwanted fish

BLUEWATER LAKE -- A pair of chubby goldfish swam lazily near the shore Tuesday afternoon, blissfully unaware that a toothy terror soon would be in their midst.

On the nearby boat ramp, state Game and Fish Department workers loaded three boxes labeled "LIVE FISH" onto a boat.

"Live long. And eat much," fisheries manager Rick Castell said a few minutes later as he released the first of about 100,000 baby tiger muskellunge -- muskies for short -- into the greenish-brown waters of the western New Mexico lake. "Clock in (for work), little guys. …

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