Utah DWR asking help tracking invasive fish illegally placed in Utah Lake

Posted at 12:32 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 14:59:16-05

UTAH COUNTY, Utah – Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are asking your help tracking an invasive fish species in Utah Lake.

Experts said they are worried about the Northern Pike population.

The DWR said someone illegally introduced the fish in Utah Lake and biologists worry the predator might threaten other fish.

If you catch a Northern Pike in Utah Lake over the next year, DWR officials are asking you to keep it, record the date and location and then turn the fish in to DWR officials at the Utah Lake State Park office at 4400 W. Center Street in Provo.

On weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can drop off Northern Pike at the DWR’s Central Region office, 1115 N. Main St. in Springville.

If it isn’t convenient to travel to the park or the DWR office, you can place the pike in your freezer at home.

Then, call the DWR at 801-491-5678 and a DWR biologist will make arrangements to get the fish from you.

If you bring a Pike and information about where you caught it to either location, or if you call the DWR and have a biologist pick up the fish, officials said you’ll receive a token of appreciation from the Salt Lake County Fish & Game Association.

No word yet on the nature of that “token of appreciation.”