I may be wrong, but I thought Sacramento Pikeminnow was a native fish to CA?
They're native to certain waters, but I believe they're an invasive species to this particular watershed. If they're native, there are a lot more of them than there used to be, and they're definitely outcompeting our native salmonids.
Native Range: Clear Lake, Russian, Sacramento-San Joaquin, Pajaro-Salinas, and upper Pit River drainages, California
^^^ Was me, apparently my wife was still logged in on my box from contest registration...
data via (they are introduced a few places in CA):
Congrats BTW, I'd love to catch one of those
According to fish and game and most other info I can find, they're an invasive species to the Russian River watershed. I know they're native to the rivers that make up and run into the Delta, but I'm not sure what their actual status is on the Russian. I do know there are a LOT more of them than there were years ago, and some folks still offer a bounty on them....
Gotcha. The NAS site says they are native to that drainage but can't say I know for sure either way. Are those rivers altered/dammed like the ones to the north where Northern Pikeminnow have increased so much?
Now there's a fish I'd LOVE to catch.
Preferably a biggun, though...
Fishn sure is neat
Now thats cool