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Draining of Mack Mesa Reservoir Underway
The complete draining of a reservoir on Colorado’s Western Slope is underway in an effort to rid the small lake of northern pike before the illegally introduced predators devour four species of endangered fish that have been recovering there for more than three decades.

The northern pike were first spotted at Mack Mesa Reservoir by anglers last fall, according to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. CPW officials conducted an immediate sample count and removed several adult northern pike. Additional fish were later discovered during a time when northern pike are known to spawn.

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by: NavySteve on 4/23/2021 9:06:00 PM
All, Northern Pike can be really fun to catch. There are several lakes, including Spinney Mountain Reservoir that have too large a Northern Pike population to support. Take out you favorite streamer or hard bait and catch as many as you can. Many reservoirs are asking us to not release any Pike. They request that we harvest all Pike caught. Here is the deal, Pike are fun, but hungry. They reproduce very well and they have to eat something. They eat fingerlings and small trout. The largest of them will eat very mature trout. Lakes like Spinney are used to help bolster the natural population of reproducing trout. Please do us all a favor. Keep you Pike, all of them. NavySteve
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