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Lack of snow cover helps pike recovery

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WATERVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The lack of snow cover on southern Minnesota lakes is helping with the recovery of northern pike.

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Extreme heat in 2012 decimated the species. Waterville Area Fisheries officials say the lack of snow has allowed sunlight to penetrate the ice and help with the growth of aquatic plants. That improves oxygen levels for the fish.

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