Northern Pike Could Be Devastating to Salmon and Steelhead, Scientists Warn in Report on Predation
- May 14, 2019
- John Harrison
Salmon and steelhead populations could collapse if Northern Pike escape Lake Roosevelt and establish downstream.
The campaign to halt the proliferation of Northern pike in Lake Roosevelt, the reservoir behind Grand Coulee Dam, is intensifying, state and tribal fish biologists reported to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in November.
Northern pike, a voracious predator, are migrating into the upper Columbia River from the north and east, posing a threat to state and tribal efforts to protect and restore native sturgeon and trout species in Lake Roosevelt, the reservoir behind
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council approved a proposal by the Spokane Tribe of Indians to continue producing kokanee -- freshwater sockeye salmon -- and releasing the fish into Lake Roosevelt behind Grand Coulee Dam. Kokanee provide a culturally important