FISHING – PikePalooza is offering more than $5,000 in cash and prizes for anglers who catch northern pike in various categories during the Friday-Sunday (May 17-19) event on the Pend Oreille River.
The event on the Box Canyon stretch of the river is sponsored by the Kalispel Tribe.
The derby is part of the program to reduce numbers of the non-native species from the river.
This year, the tribe has removed around 6,000 northern pike using gillnets in the second year of a pike suppression and monitoring operation.
“The majority of these fish are age 3 or less,” said Jason Olson, the tribe’s fish conservation manager.
Pike suppression resumed last week after fish managers surveyed the river and found the spring netting had not reduced pike numbers to their target numbers, especially in the north end of the reservoir.
The highest number caught in nets last week were a dozen in South Everett and Tiger sloughs, the tribe reported.
This spring's post-suppression survey involved a total of 197 that caught a total of 410 northern pike in a week.
However, for the first time in years of surveys and two seasons of suppression, no large pike were caught in the Box Canyon stretch survey, the tribe reports.