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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
By Dave Graybill
While many anglers are out battling summer run salmon on the upper Columbia, there is another battle going on at Lake Roosevelt. Several agencies, including the Colville, Spokane, and Kalispel tribes, the National Park Service and Grant and Chelan PUDs, are out making a combined effort to remove norther pike from the big reservoir. The migration of northern pike through Lake Roosevelt and potentially the Columbia River is a major concern of fish managers. In May the agencies removed 433 pike in a week-long effort. Half of the pike removed were pre-spawn females and each female holds approximately 10,000 eggs. I will be joining in the effort this week and am anxious to see how pike removal is done. I want to remind anglers that the “Northern Pike Rewards Program” is in full swing. Anglers will get paid $10.00 for every northern pike head turned in at a designated drop off station. About 1,000 anglers participated in the rewards program the first year and just 600 anglers the second. Some anglers earned just over $500.00 in rewards money. Pike are challenging to land and good table fare as well. Learn more about the program by logging onto