Creek/Grand River Northern Pike Annual Fish Lift
April 3 2007, we implanted 8 large pike with radiotags
that may last up to five years. We are in the
process of tracking these fish as an extension of the
study described below and other studies related to
pike movement at barriers in Ontario.
Movement of northern pike
from the Grand River in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
to spawning areas in tributary creeks is directly
related to reproductive success and production.
Limited populations of northern pike exist in the
Grand River, although specimens as large as 120 cm
have been observed. For several years, we have
observed pike congregating below a river barrier in
late March in Schneider's Creek, Kitchener. We
have conducted research at this area since 2004, and
in 2006, Biotactic initiated a manual pike lift
project to facilitate passage of pre-spawn condition
northern pike. In 2006, we used precision
angling to capture 8 gravid female and ripe male
pike in only 2 hrs. We then carefully transported
them upstream from the barrier at Old Mill Road.
These fish rapidly moved upstream, presumably to
spawn. If this project is a success, it will
be revealed by significant numbers of spawning
condition pike returning to natal spawning areas
beginning in about 2008/2009. Until now, no
more than 25 pike have been observed in
congregations below this barrier.
for other Northern Pike bypass channel studies