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Tonight: biologists explain plan for Pend Oreille River pike

A single gillnet set by Kalispell Tribe fisheries researchers on the Pend Oreille caught this assortment of northern pike in 2009, indicating the fish were plentiful and spread through a range of age classes. Even higher densities of fish were caught during sampling in May.Photo by Jason Connor (Photo by Jason Connor)
A single gillnet set by Kalispell Tribe fisheries researchers on the Pend Oreille caught this assortment of northern pike in 2009, indicating the fish were plentiful and spread through a range of age classes. Even higher densities of fish were caught during sampling in May.Photo by Jason Connor (Photo by Jason Connor)

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.:

Tonight: CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.
Thursday: 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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