Local groups fight common enemy in northern pike fish

 

Daniel Monaghan and Florence Stensgar of the Colville Tribes Fish and Wildlife department, netted this 43.3-inch, 28.2-pound, egg-filled female northern pike in the Sanpoil River arm, the mouth of which is just 17 miles from Grand Coulee Dam. Monaghan said they caught a similar size male prior to catching this one.

An effort to remove a problematic, invasive fish from local waters has united multiple groups towards the common cause.

The predatory northern pike are said by biologist to be a threat to native fish populations.

Together, the Colville Tribes, Spokane Tribe, Kalispel Tribe, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Park Service, and Grant and Chelan PUDs were able to remove 433 northern pike in a one-week period, according to a May 31 press release from the Colville Tribes Fish and Wildlife department.

"We set out 475 gillnets using 10 boats in the upper one third of L...



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