Keeping ‘Invaders From The North’ Out of Columbia River

Not to be confused with northern pikeminnow, northern pike have the potential to wreak havoc on local waterways, including eating endangered salmon and steelhead.

Chelan PUD Fisheries Scientist Bill Towey about joint efforts with tribes, agencies and other PUDs to keep Northern pike from moving down from Lake Roosevelt into the middle stretch of the Columbia River.

Chelan, Douglas and Grant PUDs are joining the Colville Confederated Tribes, Spokane Tribe and fishery agencies in the effort to reduce the number of Northern pike in Lake Roosevelt above Grand Coulee Dam. Towey said another expedition heads out next week.

Humans are the northern pike’s only predator, and Towey said anglers are a great ally in the effort. Chelan PUD has put up signs at all their park boat launches with pictures and details on what to do if you catch one. You can also learn more at ChelanPUD.org.

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