SCOUT LAKE RESTORATION EFFORT SCHEDULED FOR
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Sport Fish, will be
applying the naturally occurring piscicide rotenone to eradicate illegally introduced
northern pike in Scout Lake near Sterling, Alaska.
The rotenone application is scheduled for October 13, 2009; however, the application may be rescheduled if
weather conditions are not favorable. The public access points to Scout Lake will be
closed during the day of application. No public health effects from the use of rotenone
in fisheries management have been reported, although consuming fish that have been
exposed to the treatment is not recommended.
Since 2005, ADF&G has addressed the northern pike issue at Scout Lake by
discontinuing the stocking of rainbow trout and land-locked coho salmon, liberalizing
bag limits for northern pike, and setting gill nets to reduce the northern pike
population. These efforts have not removed all of the northern pike. ADF&G is trying
to eradicate northern pike from Scout Lake so that stocking of trout and salmon can
resume. This effort will also decrease the potential for introduction of northern pike
into nearby waterbodies where invasive northern pike threaten wild fish stocks or have
damaged existing fisheries for wild and hatchery fish stocks.
Scout Lake will be monitored throughout winter and spring to assure that pike have been
eradicated. If all pike have been successfully removed, rainbow trout or land-locked salmon
could be stocked as early as 2010.
For more information on this project please contact Robert Begich or Jason Pawluk (Soldotna
ADF&G) at 262-9368 or Kristine Dunker (Anchorage) at 267-2889. More detailed information
about invasive northern pike and rotenone is available online at: