Anglers Catch More Than 100,000 Pikeminnowby Staff
BPA Journal, September 2011
Since May 1, anglers participating in the pikeminnow sport-reward fishery program have caught thoughsands of pikemnnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers, saving endangered salmon and steelhead.
Hundreds of fisherman signed up to compete in the program this season. By early August, the top angler earned more than $36,000. The season ends Sept. 30.
The program pays registered anglers $4 to $8 for fish nine inches or longer. The more fish an angler catches, the more each is worth. Last year the top fisherman in the program earned more than $80,000 in just five months of fishing.
Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead each year. Research shows reducing pikeminnow numbers helps to increase salmon and steelhead populations.
For information, go to www.pikeminnow.org
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