(Released: January 06, 2020 - Expired: April 13, 2020)

Division of Sport Fish
Dave Rutz, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Doug Vincent-Lang, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Contact: Parker Bradley, Fisheries Biologist
(907) 746-6328

Tagged Northern Pike in Alexander Lake

(Palmer) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is requesting anglers help with capturing northern pike from Alexander Lake. During August 2019, ADF&G staff inserted miniature tags into the heads of approximately 100 northern pike in Alexander Lake for research purposes. As a way to increase harvest, measure the harvest, and obtain biological data, ADF&G is offering anglers a $100 Visa gift card for each confirmed tagged northern pike head from Alexander Lake. ADF&G is only issuing Visa gift cards to the first 35 confirmed tagged northern pike heads. In addition, for every tagged northern pike caught, the anglers name will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 Visa gift card. The more northern pike an angler catches, the better the odds they have of receiving a gift card. Gift cards will not be offered for harvested northern pike without a tag.

The tags are very small and will not be visible to anglers. They can only be detected by a tag scanner in the ADF&G Palmer office. Therefore, to be eligible for the Visa gift cards anglers must bring in the heads (or whole body) of the northern pike they harvested into the Palmer office. The heads can be individually frozen but not in a pile. No other ADF&G offices will scan the northern pike.

“When anglers come in, we will quickly scan each northern pike head for a tag,” stated Palmer Fishery Biologist Parker Bradley. “If a tag is detected, the angler receives a $100 Visa gift card and their name will go in the drawing for the $1,000 Visa Gift Card.”

Northern pike will only be scanned each Monday between January 6 through April 13, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the ADF&G Palmer office located at 1800 Glenn Highway, Suite 2.

The deadline to turn in northern pike is April 13, 2020. No northern pike will be scanned after that date. The winner of the $1,000 gift card will be contacted on April 15.

For additional information or to possibly schedule another time, please contact Palmer Fishery Biologist Parker Bradley at (907) 746-6328.