MT Food Product Development Lab: Flathead Lake Trout

The Native Fish Keepers Incorporated (NFKIs) have been taking the invasive lake trout out of Flathead lake for years and donating it to local food pantries. Eventually pantries hit capacity on fish so the NFKIs with the support of the MSU Food Product lab began developing a smoked lake trout product that would be made and sold by a tribal entity on and off the Flathead Reservation to increase food sovereignty, increase access to this item and make it into a more user friendly product to be sold in groceries and restaurants.

The infographic shows the interconnections of the Smoked trout product within its community food system.


Smoked Trout & Food Security

Dr. Wan-Yuan Kuo

Assistant Professor

Food product development, sensory evaluation, food processing


  • Community-based food system
  • Conservation


  • Eating
  • Marketing
  • Processing


  • Adults


  • Community (Live)

Project Resource

  • Project Framework
  • Project Reporting


  • Community Food System Toolkit