Colorado Parks and Wildlife is encouraging anglers to catch illegally introduced northern pike at Kenney Reservoir in northwestern Colorado.

From June 1 to Nov. 30, 2o19, licensed anglers can be paid $20 for each northern pike caught and removed from Kenney Reservoir, the White River, and other waters stretching from Stedman Mesa to the Utah border.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, indiscriminate feeding habits of the northern pike puts endangered Colorado fish species at risk – including the Colorado pikeminnow, bonytail, and razorback sucker.

Wildlife officials believe the invasive northern pike was most likely dumped illegally into the reservoir, or the White River (downstream of Kenney Reservoir), by what they call a ‘bucket biologist.’ This is a term used to describe someone that attempts to move fish into new bodies of water to form an unapproved fishery for a variety of purposes.

A female northern pike ripe with eggs, recently removed from Kenney Reservoir. Photo Credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Here’s where to cash on harvest incentives. Anglers must also present their relevant fishing license.

Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District’s boundaries – Bring freshly caught northern pike to the District office, located at 2252 East Main Street in Rangely. Business hours range from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays

Green Mountain Reservoir – Freshly caught northern pike can be turned in at the Heeney Marina during normal business hours, located at 151 County Rd 1798 in Heeney. For more information call 970-724-9441.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir – Take freshly caught northern pike to the campground host or call 970-724-1266.

Illegal fish stocking can result in big fines and the loss of fishing privileges. Guilty parties may also be responsible for paying to bring a body of water back to normal conditions, something that can cost $100,000s.

If you know anything about unlawful fish stocking, contact the Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. Rewards are available for information that leads to an arrest or citation.

 

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