Lake Roosevelt Zebra Mussel Self Certification
Press Release: December 26, 2017
In an on-going effort to prevent aquatic invasive species, the National Park Service (NPS) at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is implementing a mussel-free self-certification program. The NPS is requesting operators certify their boat or personal watercraft free of aquatic invasive species, especially quagga/zebra mussels, prior to launching. Boats that have been in infested waters should be drained of all water, washed thoroughly with hot water and dried for at least 7 days before entering Lake Roosevelt. It is important to remove all dirt, plants and water from boats and trailers prior to launching every time. Self-certification forms are available at all Lake Roosevelt NRA launch ramps and on the park’s website (www.nps.gov/laro).
Lincoln County Update on Porcupine Bay Road
An exert from the article,
"Lincoln County has secured Emergency Relief funding with Highways & Local Programs (H&LP) thru the ER Program of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). We have received a signed detailed damage inspection report (DDIR) from FHWA. Now that federal funding has been approved, Federal Requirements will have to be followed."
Drone Video of Porcupine Bay Landslide
Check out this amazing video of the landslide along Porcupine Bay Road posted to Youtube by Rob Coffman.
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Wildfires Burn along Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt
The map below shows the area burned by the wildfires that started on August 20th and spread rapidly on the 21st.
Cayuse Mountain Wildfire (Stevens County): 18,000 acres http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4986/
Hart Road Wildfire (Lincoln County) 5,000 acres http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4983/
Fish Habitat to be added to Potholes and Moses Lake
Spokesman Review - August 4, 2014
Thanks to Mardon Resort and a lot of hard-working volunteers, over 230 new habitat boxes are being installed in Potholes Reservoir to give first- and second-year fish a safe place to grow. Another habitat project will begin in February 2017 in Moses Lake. The Columbia Basin Walleye Club, under President Mike Schlueter and many other Walleye club board members, have been working towards this for more than three years. These structures will allow perch, crappie and bluegill to grow quickly.
Pike Gillnetting Survey Indicates Invasion On Lake Roosevelt Underway
Spokesman Review - Rich Landers, February 24, 2016
FISHING -- Northern pike appear to be gaining a foothold in the upper reaches of Lake Roosevelt according to preliminary results from a six-day gillnetting survey that concluded Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Gillnets have been deployed to sample and control non-native northern pike from the Pend Oreille River to the Kettle Falls area of Lake Roosevelt.
The Spokane Tribe is being funded by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council for sample gillnetting on pike in the Columbia River near Kettle Falls. The invasive predators have shown up in increasing numbers in the past three years.
In the Pend Oreille River downstream from Newport, the Kalispel Tribe in cooperation with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will deploy nets for the fifth season of suppression. The nets will be deployed Monday through Friday from March 1 to May 1.
Lake Roosevelt is the new frontier of concern about invasive pike, fisheries managers say. In a week of surveying last March, Spokane Tribe staff deployed 87 gillnets and caught 21 northern pike.
“That’s not many fish,” said Brent Nichols, the tribe’s Lake Roosevelt fisheries program director. “What’s troubling is the two distinct age classes we found: 11 fish were one year old and 10 fish were two years old indicating that they could be starting to establish a potential breeding population.”
This year's survey provided a more startling look at the pike invasion.
The gillnet survey ending Tuesday bagged a total of 71 northern pike in the Kettle Falls survey area -- more than three times the number captured last year.
"We haven't completed the aging data yet, but judging by size it looks as though there are at least three age groups of pike," Nichols said this morning. "We got some large fish this year."
- Anglers were proving that bigger fish were in the system last year.
The survey area is up and downstream from Kettle Falls with emphasis near the mouth of the Kettle River, he said.
"We found some pike with 13-inch walleye in their bellies," he said. "They're eating salmonids (trout), too."
The survey was conducted before the lake’s pre-runoff drawdown occurs.
“We want to get a better handle on the situation,” Nichols said, noting that the tribe hasn’t justified or been funded for pike suppression, yet. "We may do some more targeted netting over the next couple of weeks based on what we found this past week.
“We’ll be trying to get information to develop a longer term suppression plan to keep pike from establishing in Roosevelt and moving farther down the river,” he said.
“We have a bottleneck in the Kettle Falls area and maybe we can hold them off there.”
Meanwhile, the Kalispel Tribe will be targeting the Pend Oreille’s Box Canyon Reservoir pike for a full month at the entrances to sloughs and other likely spots as the fish stage to spawn, said Jason Olson, the tribes pike program manager.
“We’ll follow up in may with a week-long survey with nets sent randomly in the river to tell us the density of pike remaining in the river,” he said. The goal is to keep the population low enough to curb its spread downstream, into Canada and into the Columbia, he said.
Monster Walleye Breaks Georgia State Record by 3 Pounds
Wired2Fish - February 23, 2016
Georgia probably isn't the first place you think of when people talk about big walleyes, but Wes Carlton, of Gainesville, Ga., just put his name in the record books by shattering the former walleye state record by more than 3 pounds. Carlton caught his walleye on Lake Rabun on Feb. 19, 2016. The walleye weighed 14 pounds, 2 ounces and was 31 1/2 inches long. It beat the record by 3 pounds that has stood since 1995.
“Based on sampling efforts by fisheries staff, we have just been waiting on the day that a new state record walleye was pulled from Lake Rabun,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. ”Hearing about a new state record is a great start to 2016 and I hope it encourages all new and experienced anglers to get outdoors and go fish Georgia!"
July 21, 2015
Contact: Bruce Bolding, (360) 902-8417
Meetings scheduled on planned rotenone
treatments of eastern Washington waters
OLYMPIA – State fishery managers will host four public meetings in late July to discuss plans to treat several lakes and a stream in eastern Washington with rotenone, a naturally occurring pesticide commonly used to remove undesirable and illegally stocked fish species from lakes and streams.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is proposing to treat No Name Lake in Pend Oreille County; Williams and Badger lakes in Spokane County; and Green and Lower (Little) Green lakes, Rat Lake, and Mouse Pond in Okanogan County this fall to remove species ranging from bass and bullhead to stunted panfish and tench. The department is also proposing to treat a five-mile section of Smalle Creek in Pend Oreille County.
“The goal is to restore trout populations by removing competing species that have essentially taken over these waters,” said Bruce Bolding, WDFW warmwater fish program manager. “Illegally stocked fish compete with trout fry for food and prey upon them, rendering efforts to stock trout ineffective. At Smalle Creek, we are proposing to remove non-native eastern brook trout in order to restore a population of native westslope cutthroat.”
WDFW has scheduled public meetings to discuss the planned lake and stream treatments as follows:
Olympia: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, in Room 175 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St.
Cusick: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Cusick American Legion Post, 150 E. Timber St.
Cheney: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Cheney Public Library, 610 1st St.
Okanogan: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the Okanogan Public Utility District office, 1331 2nd Ave.
In addition to input received at the public meetings, WDFW will consider written comments received through Aug. 11. Comments should be addressed to Bruce Bolding, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.
A decision on whether to proceed with the planned treatments will be made by the WDFW director in early September.
Rotenone is an organic substance derived from the roots of tropical plants, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved for use as a fish pesticide. It has been used by WDFW in lake and stream rehabilitations for more than 70 years, and is commonly used by other fish and wildlife management agencies nationwide.
Invasive Northern Pike Threaten Columbia Basin Salmon: Is Four-State Coordinated Effort Needed?
The Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Bulletin: June 12, 2015
Northern pike, a voracious predator that is now found as far down the Columbia River as Lake Roosevelt, could soon find its way further downstream where the fish could potentially decimate endangered salmon and steelhead, according to a presentation on the species this week at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s monthly meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Northern pike is an introduced species and is not native to the northwest, yet it already has established populations in Box Canyon Reservoir on the Pend Oreille River, Lake Pend Oreille, Lake Coeur d’Alene, Montana and in British Columbia downstream of Keenleyside Dam, as well as Lake Roosevelt.
Although there has yet been a northwest-wide coordinated effort to eradicate or reduce the growing numbers of northern pike, the Kalispell Tribe is doing its part to reduce the pike’s numbers, according Joe Maroney, director of fishery and water resources for the tribe. He said the number of pike in the Pend Oreille River has grown from 400 adult fish in 2006 to 5,500 fish in 2010.
Pike probably can’t be eliminated, but they can be managed and the population reduced significantly, Maroney said. He’s worried, however, that the fish would somehow find their way even further downstream.
“My big concern is sockeye at the mouth of the Okanagan River,” Maroney said. “You should be afraid, very afraid. You don’t need to study them to death. If you find them, you need to get rid of them. Time is of the essence.”
“When we have a connected river system, there are no stops,” he added.
Maroney told the Council about the tribe’s northern pike mechanical suppression efforts to remove the fish using gillnets in Lake Pend Oreille where there were huge numbers of northern pike, an effort he hopes will keep the species under control.
Targeting spawning areas in March to late April hoping to remove fish before they spawn, gillnetters removed 15,000 northern pike in 2012, and removed over 17,000 fish overall by 2015. In 2012, the gillnetters were catching an average of 5.6 pike per net, but by 2015, the catch averaged just 0.18 fish per net.
While there was a bycatch of other fish, since the time of year was very cold, there was a 90 percent survival rate when the gillnetters returned those fish to the lake.
“So, we were pretty successful at suppressing this population,” he said. “Typically, when we talk about salmon decline, we talk about the four H’s. I think we should add the ‘I.’” (Invasive Species)
One of the problems with completely eradicating northern pike, if it could be done, is that they are popular with anglers, Maroney said. However, there are some things that can be done. For example, the states of Washington and Idaho have removed catch limits on the fish. Fishery managers in Oregon, which reportedly so far have seen no sign of northern pike, haven’t addressed the issue.
Maroney believes the states need to adopt a coordinated policy and a plan to subdue the pike in order to avoid his biggest fear of finding them eating sockeye salmon at the mouth of the Okanagan River.
“The northern pike issue needs to be elevated within the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program,” he said.
Still, not all are on the same page. Phillip Cenaro of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe said the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Department’s reaction to his tribe’s suppression efforts on Coeur d’Alene Lake “were a little disappointing.”
“We wanted to net and kill, but we had to instead relocate the fish to the upper end of the lake for trophy fishing,” he said.
Jim Ruff, Council staff, said state biologists understand the problem, admitting that not all states are on board yet. “We can help encourage state regulations similar to what Washington has,” he said.
In a statement, the Council said it “is concerned about the proliferation of northern pike because of the potential to disrupt and set back ongoing electricity ratepayer-funded efforts to restore fish runs and enhance fisheries throughout the Columbia River Basin. If the downstream migration continues, pike could threaten salmon and steelhead recovery and reintroduction efforts downstream of Chief Joseph Dam.”
Oregon Council member Bill Bradbury said this would need to be a four-state effort and directed the staff to visit with state fishery agencies prior to the Council’s July meeting to determine the appropriate role the Council should play and a way to coordinate states’ efforts.
For background information, go to:
-- CBB, April 10, 2015, “Northern Pike Appear To Have Established Presence in Lake Roosevelt,”http://www.cbbulletin.com/433645.aspx
-- CBB, Feb. 27, 2015, “ Fish Managers Show Success In Keeping Pend Oreille Northern Pike From Moving Into Columbia River”http://www.cbbulletin.com/433285.aspx
-- CBB, Feb. 22, 2013, “State, Tribal Fishery Managers Will Again Gill-Net Non-Native Pike From Pend Oreille River” http://www.cbbulletin.com/425149.aspx
-- CBB, Dec. 16, 2011, “Washington Gears Up To Stop Non-Native Northern Pike From Invading Columbia Basin Salmon Country” http://www.cbbulletin.com/414775.aspx
-- CBB, Aug. 26, 2011, “Invasive Northern Pike Disaster For Pend Oreille Native Fish; Will Move Further Into Columbia Basin?”http://www.cbbulletin.com/411841.aspx
Walleye Regulation Changes July 1, 2015
From the Spokane Spokesman Review, April 2, 2015
The walleye limit on all Washington lakes with the exception of Roosevelt will change July 1 to an eight-fish limit with a 12-inch minimum and one over 22 inches. Roosevelt will retain the current 16-fish limit. As District Fish Biologist Chris Donley explained, “The rules were so varied and so confusing, we were unintentionally making criminals out of anglers. And just because the size has been reduced to 12 inches, it doesn’t mean you have to keep fish that small.”
Idaho Girls Perch Confirmed as Record
Article from Spokane Spokesman Review: January 18, 2015
Tia Wiese, 12, of Eagle, Idaho, caught a yellow perch weighing 2 pounds, 11.68 ounces on March 1, 2014, at Lake Cascade. Shortly afterward, the fish was confirmed as the Idaho state record.
During a hunting trip in Wisconsin, her father, Gary Wiese, visited the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, where he learned of a special world-record category for ice fishing with a tip-up – and the yellow perch record was 2 pounds, 6 ounces caught in Massachusetts.
“I knew there were different line-class records, but I didn’t know there were records like ice fishing,” Gary said.
The Wieses sent the paperwork on Tia’s fish to the Hall of Fame and recently received confirmation that it had been declared the world record in the ice-fishing category.
In the late 1990s, Idaho Fish and Game Department fishery managers recognized that Lake Cascade’s perch population had depleted dramatically. Thousands of yellow perch were released into the lake, where the species has recovered and started producing several catches of large perch last spring.
EPA Releases Upper Columbia River Investigation Site Update
December 2014: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is studying pollution in the Upper Columbia River from the U.S./Canada border to the Grand Coulee Dam including Lake Roosevelt. The Trail smelter, which is owned by Teck and located on the Columbia River approximately 10 miles north of the U.S./Canada border, historically discharged millions of tons of metals-laden slag and liquid wastes into the Columbia River. For more information, please visit http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1114251911888-47/UCR_Site+Invest+SU_Nov_14_Rel_0_Web+.pdf