Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Fishery
by Bob Brown
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During June 13-18, the Bonneville Power Administration's Columbia and Snake rivers Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Fishery was close to being outstanding in both of those rivers. Three of the most productive areas during that week were in The Dalles, Columbia Point and Boyer Park areas. In The Dalles area 162 pikeminnow anglers caught 1,357 fish with three being tagged fish worth $ 500 each. Columbia Point was another hot spot where 167 anglers caught 1,442 pikes and 293 Boyer Park anglers caught 3,930 pikeminnows. During that week a total of 12,514 pikeminnoqs were caught with fifteen of those being tagged fish.
Joe Hymer of the WDFW Vancouver office reported the Columbia River sockeye count at Bonneville Dam continues at a record pace (since at least 1938). Through June 20, a total of 132,854 sockeye had been counted at the dam. The previous record through that date was 2014 when 115,761 fish had been counted. The 2016 preseason forecast was 101,600 sockeye at the mouth of the Columbia.
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