Pikeminnow Programby Staff
Fox 12 News, May 7, 2008
Joe V is checking out a program where you get money for catching fish that eat salmon.
The program starts Wednesday and there are several different areas where you can catch them.
Bonneville Power sponsors the program.
For every qualifying northern pikeminnow 9 inches or longer returned to a registration station, anglers will receive $4-$8.
The more fish an angler catches, the more they're worth: the first 100 in one season are worth $4 each; after 100, they're worth $5 each; and after 400 they're worth $8 each. Special tagged northern pikeminnow will be worth $500 again this year.
In the 2008 season, officials will pay anglers for fish 9 inches and larger. The reward will remain the same at $4-$8 for each northern pikeminnow caught in the lower Columbia (mouth to Priest Rapids Dam) and Snake (mouth to Hells Canyon Dam) rivers. This year's qualifying tagged fish will be worth $500.
Wildlife officials are trying to reduce the average size of the pikeminnow to reduce the fish's predation on young salmon.
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