Anglers have an oppor­tunity to get paid to fish for northern pike in Lake Roosevelt. The Northern Pike Re­ward Program offered by the Colville Confederated Tribes will pay an­glers $10 for every pike head turned in at a designated ­drop off location.

Anglers have an oppor­tunity to get paid to fish for northern pike in Lake Roosevelt. The Northern Pike Re­ward Program offered by the Colville Confederated Tribes will pay an­glers $10 for every pike head turned in at a designated ­drop off location.

NESPELEM, Wash. March 15, 2022 - Anglers have an opportunity to get paid to fish for northern pike in Lake Roosevelt.

The Northern Pike Re­ward Program offered by the Colville Confeder­ated Tribes will pay an­glers $10 for every pike head turned in at a designated ­drop off location.

Anglers can drop off their pike heads at the Noisy Waters Gas Station, Kettle Falls boat launch, Hunters boat launch, Fort Spokane boat launch, or at the Inchelium Fish and Wildlife office.

In 2021, anglers were paid $1,860 for the pike heads that were turned in and in 2020, just over $11,000 was paid out. The reward program has paid out almost $34,000 since the program began in 2017.

“The co-managers of Lake Roosevelt, Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT), the Spokane Tribe of Indians (STI), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) mutually agree that northern pike pose a significant threat to the Lake Roosevelt fishery and salmon fisheries in the Columbia River through competition, predation and the introduc­tion of diseases,” said Holly McLellan, Aquatic Invasive Species manager for the CCT.

“The co-managers are particularly con­cerned with the negative impacts northern pike pose to tribal and state resources,” she said. “The CCT currently invests $6.1 million, the STI invests $3.1 million, and WDFW invests $560,000 annually into protecting and enhancing the fish of Lake Roosevelt through hatchery programs, native fish conservation programs for redband trout, white sturgeon, and bur­bot, as well as habitat restoration projects through 15 Bonneville Power Adminis­tration sponsored projects (https://www.cbfish.org). Northern pike compromise the $9.8 million annual investment into the Lake Roosevelt

 Northern pike are found in slow-mov­ing streams and in shallow, weedy places in lakes and reservoirs. They are an am­bush predator and can lie perfectly still for long periods and attack prey with re­markable speed. They eat frogs, insects, birds, trout, steelhead and salmon.

Anglers participating in the program must adhere to the following:

• All anglers must be 17 years of age or older to participate in the program.

• Anglers must completely fill out the tag information at the designated drop off area. Fish heads must be placed in a freezer bag with the label and dropped into the freezer or brought to the Incheli­um Fish and Wildlife office.

• Fish heads must be in good con­dition and clearly identifiable. Unidentifi­able heads will not be accepted or award­ed.

• Fish must be caught in the main stem Columbia River from Wells Dam upstream to the Canadian border, the Spo­kane River upstream to Little Falls, the Kettle River, or the Okanogan River.

• There are no size restrictions on Northern Pike that are eligible for the re­ward.

• Anglers must adhere to all ap­plicable state/tribal fishing regulations for the area in which you fish. Contact your local state or tribal agency for license requirements and current fishing regula­tions.

• Please allow 2 to 3 weeks to re­ceive your reward.

For more information about the North­ern Pike Reward Program, go to https://www.cct-fnw.com/northern-pike.

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