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Northern Pike

Esox Lucius
Invasive northern pike with belly full of juvenile salmonoids. Photo courtesy Kristine Dunker, ADF&G

Why is it a problem?

  • Non-native to southcentral region of Alaska
  • Threatens both wild and stocked Alaskan fisheries
  • Northern pike are top predators that eat other fish, and aggressively threaten salmon and trout populations
  • Damage to Alaskan fisheries diminishes local Alaskan economies and livelihoods

How do I manage it?

  • Report any sightings of northern pike on the Kenai Peninsula to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Do not stock lakes in southcentral AK with northern pike – it’s illegal
  • Re-stocking pike-infested rivers and lakes with native fish can help keep the ecosystem in balance while attempts to remove pike are made.
  • Harvest as many northern pike as possible and remove from lakes in southcentral AK

More info on species biology

Invasive northern pike with belly full of juvenile salmonoids. Photo courtesy Kristine Dunker, ADF&G