Out & About: Pend Oreille River derby angler catches $1K pike

Craig Moody’s $1,000 pike.
Craig Moody’s $1,000 pike.

OUTFISH – Craig Moody of Elk caught a tagged northern pike to win $1,000 cash in a Pend Oreille River fishing derby last weekend.

Despite stormy weather and high flows, the May 17-19 Pikepalooza attracted more than 80 anglers, 16 of whom caught 40 pike.

The derby, organized by the Kalispel Tribe, followed the state’s spring pike-suppression effort that used gillnets to remove more than 6,000 of the non-native fish from Box Canyon Reservoir.

The derby encourages anglers to join the effort to reduce pike numbers.

Four Washington anglers caught three pike each and divvied the $2,450 prize for most pike caught: Jim Volquardsen of Metaline Falls, Aaron Hall of Colville, Taylor Massengale of Usk and Adam Cesal of Spokane.

Volquardsen also earned $700 for catching the largest pike, a 30-incher.

Janessa Porter of Bonners Ferry won $350 for catching the smallest pike – 11.5 inches long.

Hundreds of dollars in additional prizes were awarded to contestants, said Jason Connor of the tribe’s fisheries division.

Bass pro offering bass tactics in CdA

OUTANGLE – Pro bass angler Shaw Grigsby of Florida will present a free family-friendly program on the latest bass-fishing tactics Friday, 6 p.m., at Black Sheep Sporting Goods, 308 W. Seale Ave., in Coeur d’Alene.

Grigsby is in the Inland Northwest to film TV fishing programs.

Boating course offered at Cabela’s

OUTSAFE – Starting this year, all Washington residents age 50 and under must complete an approved boating safety course in order to operate watercraft of 15 horsepower or more.

The Spokane Sail and Power Squadron is teaching an 8-hour ABC 3 course that satisfies the requirements June 8-9 at Cabela’s in Post Falls.

Materials for the course can be picked up in advance in Spokane at West Marine, 5306 E Sprague Ave.

Info: Bill Asbell, (208) 777-0220.

Botanical study needs volunteers

OUTSURVEY – Forest Service botanical studies in Lake Pend Oreille’s Lightning Creek drainage are recruiting volunteers for summer surveys.

Helpers will monitor trails for noxious weeds and hike into alpine areas to survey whitebark pines.

Plant identification and survey training sessions are set for June 6-7 and June 12-14.

Apply through the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, scotchmanpeaks.org.

Info: (208) 627-2448.

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