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Rogue Pikeminnow Roundup

Kacey Reyes and son with her 2021 winning pikeminnow of 22.24 inches
2019 Youth Largest Pikeminnow winner Tanner with the Pikeminnow Roundup trophy housed at a local tackle shop
Two young anglers having fun catching pikeminnow
Pikeminnow measured for an online contest entry. Daniel Symmons

When you join the Rogue Pikeminnow Roundup, you not only use your fishing skills to help remove introduced Umpqua pikeminnow from the Rogue River, but you could also win a prize and bragging rights. Prizes include buy-one get-one seats on guided fishing trips, gift cards, fishing gear and apparel, and more.

The Rogue Pikeminnow Roundup is an annual August fishing event to bring awareness to the harm introduced fish, aquatic invertebrates (such as northern crayfish, zebra and quagga mussels) and aquatic vegetation can do to local ecosystems.

Umpqua pikeminnow were illegally introduced about 1978 through an unscreened farm pond on Wolf Creek. The population now predates on Rogue salmon, steelhead, and trout while juveniles compete with these native fish.

Removing Umpqua pikeminnow from the Rogue River is an action item in the Rogue Spring Chinook and Rogue-South Coast Multi-Species conservation and management plans. The Rogue STEP biologist began the pikeminnow roundup as one way to help remove these non-native fish. Anglers are encouraged to remove pikeminnow year-round.

In the Rogue, the most effective way to combat pikeminnow and other introduced minnow species such as shiners, is by protecting streamside vegetation. Native vegetation keeps streams cool for Rogue salmon and steelhead. Pikeminnow and shiners thrive in warm degraded streams and can outcompete native fish for the best rearing habitat. 

Protecting streamside vegetation and setback ordinances are regulated by counties and cities in Jackson and Josephine counties. ODFW, watershed councils, and other natural resource agencies work to restore and promote healthy riparian areas.
For questions, volunteer options, or to donate prizes for anglers, contact Rogue District STEP Biologist Ryan Battleson at 541-857-2411 or ryan.d.battleson@odfw.oregon.gov

 

Roundup Rules:

  • Compete in age groups for Youth (under 12), Teen (12-17), or Adult (18+).
  • Enter one or more contest entry options:

    • Random raffle: submit photo of a day's catch of pikeminnow to RoguePikeminnowRoundup@gmail.com along with harvest location, Oregon Angler ID number, and contact information (phone or email).
    • Largest pikeminnow: those who can't visit a check station can send a photo of their largest fish to RoguePikeminnowRoundup@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 27. The fish must be measured from above and the total length must be clearly visible. Fish will be measured to the nearest one-quarter inch.
    • Largest five-fish bag: participants can turn in the largest five pikeminnow caught. Fish will be measured to total length and added together. Email entries will be accepted with a video of no more than 30 seconds in length clearly showing total length of five largest fish.
    • Most pounds of pikeminnow: fish can be turned in frozen or fresh (rotting fish not accepted). Most pounds of fish turned in over the contest's dates win this category.
  • Check fish in from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. August 6, 13, 20, 27 at Griffin County Park on the Gravel Bar, 500 Griffin Rd., Grants Pass.

 

Roundup winners (2023 will be posted after Aug. 27)

Past Results

Largest Pikeminnow

Best 5-five Bag

Most Pounds

2022

Youth Reed Cross
16"
Davian Bennett
59.5"
Bennett Family
41 lbs. 5 oz.
Teen Naden Gibson & Trevor Young
17"
Trevor Young
69.75"
Trevor Young
13 lb. 3oz.
Adult Abel Quiroz
21.5"
Abel Quiroz
100.5"
Abel Quiroz,
159 lb. 1 oz.
2021
Youth Zane Hill
13.5"
Joe and Easton Gray
37"
Augustus Weaver
1 lb. 8 oz
Teen Cole Zeller
21"
Cohen Calvert
41"
Cohen Calvert
7 lb. 5 oz
Adult Kacey Lee Reyes
22.25"
Ray Looney
96.5"
Ray Looney
214 lb. 8 oz
2020
Youth Dylan Melancon
15"
Aara and Kyra Marra
65"
Joe and Easton Gray
3 lb. 4 oz.
Teen Anders Giardino
21"
Anders Giardino
96"
Anders Giardino
38 lb. 5 oz
Adult Art Ueker
17.75"
  Carl Cole
49 lb. 4 oz
2019
Youth Tanner Bennett
16"
  Anders Giardino
16 lb. 6 oz
Adult Bill Klotz
20"
George Stavroulakis
78"
 

 

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