I am starting this thread to get some feedback on what role pike should play in Alaska sport fisheries- specifically in UCI.
ADF&G appears to have multiple personality disorder on this issue. Recently they increased the number of lines one could use in two lakes on the peninisula to catch pike. However, there are other lakes in UCI where this is not being done. In addition, they net pike out of some lakes but have not put forward a comprehensive plan to deal with pike in UCI. It appears very haphazard.
In the Susitna and Kenai River drainage ADF&G calls pike an invasive species and wants to control them but they also tesitfy at hearings and in publications how great a sport fish they are and even went so far as to try and regulate them as a trophy fish in some early discussions. They promote pike fishing in a number of publications - not for control but to identifiy lakes that are good for sport fishing opportunity.
I am wondering how far we should go to control pike and why people who enjoy pike fishing have continued to introduce them into salmon systems.
I see a clash of fishing culture here which is playing out with little discussion or systematic approach to dealing with it.