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
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
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