|The Colorado Pike Minnows
range extended through nearly the entire Green and Colorado River
drainage. Their present range is restricted to limited sections in these
rivers. Its habitat has been so degraded by dams and non-native species
that the fish now appears on the Federal endangered species list.
The Colorado Pike Minnow is
historically known as the Colorado River Squawfish. It's name was
recently changed to be more politically correct.
The Pike Minnow primarily feeds on other fish (piscivorous),
but small fish will also eat insects. Similar to the salmon, the
Colorado pike minnow may take long migrations of 200 miles or more to
spawn in small tributaries and streams of the rivers in which they live.
The Colorado pike minnow reaches sexual maturity at about 10 years, and
spawns in the late spring. The fish was once so common, they were
commercially fished for markets in Denver, Salt Lake and even San
Francisco. It also appeared as a featured entrée on the Christmas 1875
menu at Lee’s Ferry.