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Monday, January 28, 2019
By Dave Graybill
I recently attended a meeting with representatives from Colville Tribal Fisheries, Chelan County PUD and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The subject of the meeting was the efforts being made to remove northern pike from Lake Roosevelt. The appearance of significant numbers of northern pike has raised serious concerns about the damage these voracious predators can do to fish populations. Their potential spread throughout the Columbia River is ominous. There is an effort underway with the cooperation of several tribes and other agencies to remove these fish. The Colville Tribe even has a rewards program, where they pay $10.00 for each northern pike head turned into a collection site. Angler participation is important to the combined effort to remove northern pike and the tribe has added collection sites so more anglers can be included in the effort. Last year angler effort was down, but that may be due to the smoke last summer, some ramp closures and low water. It is hoped that by increasing the number of collection sites, faster payment for heads turned in and more education will get anglers more involved. To learn more about the Northern Pike Rewards Program and how you can earn money while having the fun of fishing go to