Northern Pike causes problems in Utah Lake

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Story-3SPRINGVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Three years ago the Northern Pike were illegally introduced into the Utah lake, and that has many biologists concerned.

“We run the risk of them negatively impacting lots of different species here in the lake,” said Mark Slater, Regional Aquatics Manager with the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Northern Pike can grow to be about 50 inches, and Utah Lake provides the shallow-warm water and vegetation they need to thrive. They sit on top of the food chain, preying on all other fish in the water including, the Walleye, the Bass, and the endangered June sucker.

Not only are they found in the lake, but in streams and tributaries like Hobble Creek, a prime location for the June sucker to spawn.

But, with the help of Utah State University, biologists are studying the fish to learn their diets and in turn pinpoint their exact location in the lake. Biologists say by studying their eating habits they can figure out what type of fish they target.

“The diets will give us information, the potential prey species, that they will be targeting. Are they going to be keying in on the June sucker, or the white bass or another species,” said Slater.

So far, The DWR says they have been able to control the Northern Pike.

The DWR says it is illegal to catch and release the Northern Pike, and any caught must be killed. They request that they be brought to the DWR’s Springville location or the state park so they can be taken for further studying and collection of information.

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