NESPELEM – The Colville Business Council’s Natural Resource Committee has moved forward a $200,000 grant from Bonneville Power Administration that will allow Colville Tribal Fish and Wildlife to remove non-native Northern Pike from the Lake Roosevelt reservoir.
The fish have been in the northern stretches of the river system for years, said CTFW’s Billy Gunn, but in recent years more Northern Pike have been found in Lake Roosevelt, on the Colville Indian Reservation.
The pike have affected both Kokanee and red band rainbow trout in Lake Roosevelt, said Gunn, who noted the fish will be removed through a shock method that temporarily stuns the fish nearest the surface of the water. CTFW also remove walleye and small mouth bass from the San Poil Arm of Lake Roosevelt, said Gunn.
According to Gunn, distribution of captured fish are announced via tribal broadcast.
The recommendation will move in front of the full council in Special Session, Thursday.