Annual Monitoring Plan for Northern Pike (Esox lucius) in Upper and Lower Lead King Lakes, Washington

Category: Aquatic Invasive Species

Published: September 2015

Pages: 5

Author(s): Brian M. Walker and William P. Baker

Introduction

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) stocks and maintains a production trout fishery in Upper and Lower Lead King lakes (Figures 1 and 2) in northern Pend Oreille County. Eastern Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis were stocked historically (intermittently between 1944 and 1992), while the lakes have more recently received triploid Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss (1995-2014). Hook and line sampling for trout in spring 2015 yielded no fish, and reports of the presence of Northern Pike in Lower Lead King Lake were received in summer 2015.