Get paid to catch northern pike in northwestern Colorado

A female northern pike, ripe with eggs, recently removed from Kenney Reservoir. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is paying $20 per fish to anglers who catch illegally introduced northern pike from Kenney Reservoir in northwestern Colorado. 

CPW said the 335-surface-acre Kenney Reservoir is the latest in a list of Colorado reservoirs to be impacted by the fish. CPW believes someone illegally dumped the fish into the reservoir or into the nearby White River in an attempt to create their own personal, unapproved fishery. Aquatic biologists first confirmed the presence of northern pike in the reservoir last fall. 

Now through November 30, licensed anglers can earn $20 for each northern pike caught and removed from Kenney Reservoir, the White River, and other waters within the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District. Anglers much present their fishing licenses to qualify for the incentive. 

To earn the financial incentive, anglers should bring their freshly caught northern pike to the district office at 2252 East Main Street in Rangely between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. 

CPW and the Colorado River Water Conservation District initiated similar cash incentives at Green Mountain Reservoir and Wolford Mountain Reservoir several years ago. Licensed anglers can earn $20 for each northern pike removed from those reservoirs. 

To collect the incentive at Green Mountain Reservoir, anglers should bring freshly caught northern pike to the Heeney Marina during business hours. Call 970-724-9441 for more information.

To collect the incentive at Wolford Mountain Reservoir, take the freshly caught northern pike to the campground host, or call 970-724-1266. 

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