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Originally posted by punkinworks
It might seem like overkill but almost the whole of california's fresh water fishery is at risk.
If the freaking knuckle heads hadn't intoduced the fish to this lake in the first place this wouldnt be a problem.
Originally posted by Beachcoma
Waah! What's with the overkill?
Question: Isn't the Department of Fish and Game supposed to protect wildlife to an extent?
Lake poisoning seems to have worked to kill invasive pike
...So far, however, brown bullheads - a type of catfish - make up about 75 percent of the dead fish plucked from the lake. About 8 percent of the poisoned fish were pike, including one 47-inch beast weighing about 20 pounds. Rainbow trout made up less than 1 percent of the total, Martarano said.
The other dead species found in the reservoir included largemouth bass, golden shiner, and pumpkinseed sunfish. Coyote, herons and other wildlife were busy this week scavenging fish corpses, which game officials said pose no danger to mammals...
Nearly 50,000 pounds of dead fish removed from California lake
...Martarano said northern pike accounted for about 6 percent of the dead fish removed. Eighty-two percent of the dead fish were bullhead, a type of catfish, and less than 0.5 percent were trout.
“We found mostly big trout,” Martarano said. “We believe the smaller trout were eaten by the pike.”...
Fish-killing chemicals dissipating
...The chemicals used to disperse rotenone remain detectable, but all levels were reduced when lasted tested Nov. 5, he said. The U.S. Forest Service has lifted a portion of the public closure imposed before the poisoning.
Lake Davis, its shoreline and all roads leading directly to the reservoir will remain closed to the public until officials determine the area is free of rotenone and its constituent chemicals, said Michele Jimenez-Holtz, a spokeswoman with the Plumas National Forest.
Spath had no estimate of when the chemicals might all be gone...
Fish and Game faces fish stocking quandary
At the October meeting of the steering committee, Ed Pert, the agency's manager for the Pike Eradication Project, had reported that only sub-catchable fish (1/2 pound to 1 pound) would be stocked this fall and that the larger stockings would happen in the spring. Personnel expected to stock 17,000 pounds of 8-12" trout before the lake froze.
Since then, the fish have apparently grown quickly, are now 1 1/2 to 2 pounds in weight, have grown too large for their quarters, no one knows how many pounds they now total, and all need to be released by Dec. 15.
The recovery of Lake Davis
Lake Davis will always hold a special place in my memory.
It was at this lake near Portola where, as a 12-year old aspiring fisherman, I landed my first big German Brown Trout — a 5-pounder! I’ve since caught many that surpassed that one, but few were as memorable as my first monster brown.
Communities near poisoned Lake Davis angered by financial impact reports
PORTOLA – No one has reported a northern pike in Lake Davis for 18 months, but this community continues to roil over the effects of the invasive species and a $16.7 million project to poison the species.
Controversy over the economic damage caused by the pike eradication project has rekindled community resentment toward the California Department of Fish and Game, which dumped 16,000 gallons of fish-killing chemicals into Lake Davis in September 2007.
Frustration was aired this week, after consultants hired by the department outlined the financial impacts of the project to the Portola City Council and the Lake Davis Steering Committee, a group of community leaders and local officials.