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Free fly fishing seminars tackle skwalla hatch, northern pike

FISHING -- Two free fly fishing seminars of interest are comping up at North 40 Outfitters Fly Shop, 170 E. Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d'Alene, presented by Wayne Jordan. Both programs run 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Fishing Skwalla Hatches, March 8. Northern Pike Fly Fishing, March...

Landers: Efforts underway to remove northern pike

Gillnets have removed about 4,000 northern pike from the Box Canyon Reservoir portion of the Pend Oreille River in the second season of efforts to suppress the non-native species and their potential impact to Columbia River salmon. Crews directed by the Kalispel Tribe and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have been setting 28 to 32 gillnets a day in the river from Newport downstream 55 miles to Box Canyon Dam.

Landers: Efforts underway to remove northern pike

Gillnets have removed about 4,000 northern pike from the Box Canyon Reservoir portion of the Pend Oreille River in the second season of efforts to suppress the non-native species and their potential impact to Columbia River salmon.

Pike group angles for lunkers, laughs

The North Idaho Pike Association (northidahopike.com) has scheduled eight club tournaments this season starting in April at area pike waters, including the group’s favorite venue at Noxon Reservoir in Montana, said club spokesman Brock Morrow. “We are a great group of pike fisherman that get together, have fun first, and compete second,” he said.

Pend Oreille River pike thinning continues

The official crackdown on invasive northern pike in the Pend Oreille River behind Box Canyon is in its last stages for this season. A late-April survey indicated gillnets deployed by the Kalispel Tribe and Washington Fish and Wildlife Department were shy of a goal to remove 5,700 pike this spring from the 55-mile stretch of river downstream from Newport.

Northern pike forecast: few and far between

The hammer is about to come down on northern pike that have invaded the Pend Oreille River. Non-native pike will never be eradicated from the river’s Box Canyon Reservoir, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say. But plans are being unveiled to dramatically reduce their numbers.

Biologists ponder options for PDO River pike boom

The northern pike explosion in the Pend Oreille River in the past seven years has spawned excitement for fishermen and a major headache for biologists. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Kalispel Tribe are conducting studies geared to managing the non-native predator known for its voracious appetite.

Pike prompt three surveys on PDO River

Three northern pike studies that involve gillnetting fish are scheduled this spring on the Pend Oreille River by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Kalispel Tribe. The work will be conducted between Newport and Boundary Dam, but primarily in Box Canyon Reservoir: Spring pike index survey: Starts the last week of April using gillnets in a variety of areas – from the sloughs to the main river channel – to compare with other years to help peg abundance and whether the population is going up or down.

Word is out on northern pike fishery

The burgeoning northern pike fishery in the Washington stretch of the Pend Oreille River has caught on beyond local fishermen. The first northern pike tournament in Box Canyon Reservoir is scheduled for this weekend. Another is set for Oct. 3.