The More Pikeminnow You Catch,
Anglers can earn cash and help save salmon by participating in the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program in the lower Columbia and Snake rivers. The program continues until Sept. 27.
Anglers are paid $4 to $8 for northern pikeminnow 9 inches and larger caught in the Columbia from the mouth to Priest Rapids Dam and from the mouth of the Snake to Hells Canyon Dam. The first 100 are worth $4 each; the next 300 are worth $5 each, and, after 400 fish are caught and turned in, they are worth $8 each. As an added incentive, specially tagged fish are worth $500.
Since 1990, more than 3 million northern pikeminnow have been removed from the Snake and Columbia rivers through the program. Last year, anglers caught approximately 155,000 northern pikeminnow. As a result, northern pikeminnow predation on juvenile salmonids is estimated to have dropped 38 percent.
Additional information about the program, including registration stations, how and where to catch northern pikeminnow and details about angler clinics, is available by calling 1-800-858-9015 or visiting www.pikeminnow.org.
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