Despite big water flowing out of the Northern Rockies, the first of this year’s two PikePaloozas saw anglers bring in nearly seven dozen northerns out of the Pend Oreille River’s Box Canyon Reservoir, including one that went nearly 4 feet long.
“It was a fairly tough weekend with high water, closed boat launches, and hit-and-miss weather,” reports organizer Jason Connor, a fisheries biologist with the Kalispel Tribe. “In all, anglers harvested 81 pike with 14 fish winning the most-fish category. The largest was about 46.5 inches. The majority of fish were 1- to 2-year-olds less than 20 inches.”
The event followed spring gillnetting of nearly 6,000 pike out of the Pend Oreille’s many sloughs, part of the tribe and state’s effort to reduce the numbers of the nonnative fish by as much as 87 percent this year and keep them from migrating downstream into the upper Columbia River, where some actually turned up in 2011.