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Author Topic: Colorado river pikeminnow aka sqawfish
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Post Colorado river pikeminnow aka sqawfish
on: April 23, 2013, 08:54

I believe I saw my first one on a dive below Davis dam? I looked them up and noticed they used to be called the river" salmon" my question is since that used to be a sought after sport fish then how come they aren't stocking those or the bony tail chub since I've noticed such a high population of razorback suckers? Could you guys give me a little more info on this so called squawfish? It's a very fascinating looking fish

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Post Re: Colorado river pikeminnow aka sqawfish
on: April 23, 2013, 17:08

I agree with you 100% and wish we would have tens of thousands of bonytail and squawfish in the Colorado River. These fish species along with razorback sucker are completely unique to the Colorado River. Bonytail have been stocked and continue to be stocked throughout the lower Colorado River, but so far no population has been established. One theory is that they don't grow as big as razorback sucker and therefore are more prone to predation by striped bass and other predators. I imagine if they could stock 30 million bonytail a year into the river like they do with salmon in the Columbia basin, we would see a population, but that kind of stocking effort doesn't seem likely down here. Colorado pikeminnow (squawfish to many) are currently not stocked into the lower Colorado River. Recovery efforts for this species are restricted to the upper basin, for a lot of reasons, some political, some biological.

On the other hand, I'm glad you are seeing lots of razorback suckers. :)

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Post Re: Colorado river pikeminnow aka sqawfish
on: April 26, 2013, 02:05

I have some video of hundreds of razorbacks in the river. They seem to be doing very well

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