Pike War in Lake Davis
eye on the sparrow
After a dozen years of failed attempts, the California Department of Fish and Game says it hopes to finally rid Plumas County’s Lake Davis of the invasive and predatory Northern Pike.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
In 1997, the state applied some 70,000 pounds of the pesticide
Noxfish in a desperate attempt to kill the voracious and prolific
Northern Pike that mysteriously infests Lake Davis, near Portola.
But despite poison, electro shock, and even dynamite, the non-native
pike continue to dominate the lake. Fish and Game’s Steve
Martarano says the pike must be eradicated.
There’s a possibility they could take hold in the Delta and
affect the entire salmon and trout fishery in California … the damage
they could do … you just can’t comprehend …
In September, the state will apply a massive dose of poison that
they say will not have the negative side effects that outraged locals
in 1997, like fouled water supplies and odor. Then, after all the
fish have died, and the poison dissipates, they’ll restock the lake and
hope the pike don’t return.
Brian Bahouth KXJZ News.