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Friday, February 19, 2021
By Dave Graybill
Earlier this week, I was invited to participate in a Northern Pike Forum, hosted by the Upper Columbia United Tribes. I learned a lot about the extent of the migration of these predators into Lake Roosevelt, which pose a serious threat to our native species. To give you an idea the attention being given to the effort to suppress their populations in Lake Roosevelt and other waters that feed the reservoir, there were over 100 participants in the Forum. There were many representatives from the tribes in the region, and state and federal agencies were also present, even one from Alaska. Northern Pike were discovered in the Pend Oreille River in 2004 and in Lake Roosevelt in 2007. A huge amount of effort is being applied to the effort to hopefully keep these predators from entering the main stem Columbia River below Chief Joseph Dam. I mention all of this as we as anglers can really help. The Colville Tribe has a rewards program that offers anglers $10.00 for every Northern Pike caught. Last year the tribe paid a whopping $11,220 to anglers who turned in pike heads. You can learn about the program by visiting the Colville Tribes Fish and Wildlife web site.