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Tue., Feb. 14, 2012, 9:15 a.m.

Biologists explain plan to reduce pike in Pend Oreille River

An angler shows the northern pike she landed while fishing in the Pend Oreille River near Cusick, Wash.  Pike are a relatively recent nonnative invasive species that's booming in the river between Newport, Wash., and Box Canyon Dam. (Rich Landers)
An angler shows the northern pike she landed while fishing in the Pend Oreille River near Cusick, Wash. Pike are a relatively recent nonnative invasive species that's booming in the river between Newport, Wash., and Box Canyon Dam. (Rich Landers)

FISHERIES MANAGEMENT -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Kalispel Tribe will present their plan to reduce northern pike numbers in Box Canyon Reservoir on the Pend Oreille River at meetings, starting at 6 p.m.:

Feb. 15: CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.
Feb. 16: Community Hall, 2442 Black Road, Usk.

Fish managers plan to put out nets this spring to begin reducing the population of non-native pike in Box Canyon by up to 87 percent.

See Sunday's S-R story about Washington's plan for dealing with non-native northern pike.

Click here to see WDFW information on northern pike and reports regarding Pend Oreille River fishery surveys.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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