Angler Earns $85,000 for Removing Northern Pikeminnows from Pacific NW Rivers 2-14-2018

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PORTLAND, Ore. – An angler made $84,000 in 5 months by catching 10,000 fish from Northwest rivers this year.

Here’s how:

The Bonneville Power Administration‘s Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program offers anglers $5 to $8 for every northern pikeminnow taken from the Columbia and Snake rivers.

The pikeminnow, formerly known as the “squawfish”,  preys on young salmon and steelhead.

“The program’s goal is to reduce the number of pikeminnow that prey heavily on juvenile salmon,” said Makary Hutson, BPA project manager. “Annual harvest rate estimates, which are calculated using data from tagged fish caught by anglers, indicate the 2017 season met our program targets, which directly benefits juvenile salmon making their way to the ocean.”

In 2017, the 1,100 registered anglers removed 191,483 of the fish between May 1 and September 30.

All told, Bonneville paid out $1,542,000 this year.

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