About Northern Pike

The Northern Pike are extremely dangerous to salmonids in the Upper Columbia region and are invasive in this area. Northern Pike can devour fish that are 60% of their own length and can consume up to 70% of their diet in salmon. They take 2-4 years to mature and have an average of 40,000 eggs per spawn.* They also can live over 20 years making them prolific when they inhabit any area.

*WA Invasive Species Council

Take Action

The Colville Confederated Tribes are funding a 2021 reward program for anglers. Anglers should place the head in a labeled bag, drop off at one of their freezers in a designated locations and deposit and a $10 Reward will be mailed to you.

  • Pike reward poster PDF
  • Pike reward program rules PDF
  • Pike drop-off locations/map PDF
  • Pike fish head removal instructions PDF

It is illegal to transport live fish throughout the region. If you catch a Northern Pike, you should kill the fish.

For more information, click here.

Report any sightings of Northern Pike to officials who can track their locations. Report here

US Northern Pike Reports and Resources

The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) encouraged states to develop management plans describing detection and monitoring efforts of aquatic nuisance species, prevention efforts to stop their introduction and spread, and control efforts to reduce their impacts. Copies of all the state plans are on the ANSTF website.

WESTERN AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES RESOURCE CENTER 

Rapid Response Protocols for Aquatic Invasive Fish from the Mississippi River Basin Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species

Model Rapid Response Plan from the Great Lakes 

CTCR Pike Reward Information

Douglas PUD Final Northern Pike Monitoring and Response Plan

Lake Roosevelt Monitoring and Suppression Plan

WDFW Northern Pike webpage with KTI annual reports

IDFG Fisheries Management Plan 2019-2024

Mechanism of northern pike invasion in the Columbia River Basin

Other Reports Related to Northern Pike Suppression in the Canadian Columbia River Watershed

Risk Assessment and Status of Invasive Northern Pike Suppression Efforts in the Columbia River Basin – 2019 Action Plan

Summary of Northern Pike Suppression in the Columbia River System (2017)

2015 Larval Northern Pike Surveys

2017 Aquatic Invasive Weed Removal – link to poster presentation

Canadian Annual Northern Pike Suppression Reports

2020-2021 Northern Pike Suppression

2019-2020 Northern Pike Suppression

2018 Northern Pike Suppression

2017 Northern Pike Suppression

2016 Northern Pike Suppression

2015 Northern Pike Suppression

2014 Northern Pike Suppression

Pike have the ability to eradicate some of our native salmonids that we’re trying to conserve and protect.

Holly McLellan, Fisheries Biologist with Colville Confederated Tribes. Tweet

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