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October 5, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Columbia River northern pikeminnow catch reward by the numbers

The northern pinkeminnow fishery in the Columbia River generates a lot of money for anglers who pursue their bounty during the summer.

Through Sept. 29, 129,806 pikeminnow have been turned in and $881,835 have been paid to anglers.

There is a three-tiered payment with fish worth $4 apiece garnering $119,640 and 29,910 fish turned in; $5 apiece being paid $178,345 and 35,669 fish turned in; and $8 apeice being paid $512,760 for 64,095 fish turned in.

There have been 132 fish tags turned in worth $66,000, and 509 coupons worth $10 apeice generating $5,090.

The number of anglers in tier 1 ($4 fish) is 748; tier 2 ($5) is 101; and tier 3 ($8) is 79 for a total of 928.

Angler with 10 or less fish is 469, and anglers with two or less fish is 212.

Here is the current top-20 leader board: 1, Nikolay N. Zaremskiy, tier 1 with 100, tier 2 with 300, and tier 3 with 7,078 with 1 tag and total of 7,479 fish for $59,034; 2, David R. Vasilchuk, 100, 300, 5,711 with 16 tags, and total of 6,127 fish for a balance of $55,598; 3, Thomas H. Papst, 100, 300, 4,102 with 1 tag and total of 4,503 fish for $35,226; 4, Matthew R. Tennison, 100, 299, 1,035 with 2 tags for total of 1,436 fish worth $11,185; 4, Edward R. Williams, 100, 300, 2,401 with 2 tags for total of 2,803 fish worth $22,118; 5, Viktor M. Orlovskiy, 100, 300, 2,320 with 4 tags for total of 2,724 fish worth $22,470.

6, Matthew R. Tennison, 100, 299, 1,790 with 3 tags for total of 2,192 fish worth $17,725; 7, Timothy L. Histand, 100, 299, 1,669 with 1 tag for total of 2,099 fish worth $15,997; 8, Anatoliy A. Gitsal, 100, 300, 1,648 with no tags for total of 2,048 fish worth $15,084; 9, Daniel J. Geiger, 100, 299, 1,662 with 5 tags for a total of 2,026 fish worth $17,381; 10, Ralph L. Fontana, 100, 300, 1,593 with no tags for total of 1,993 fish worth $14,654.

11, Petr S. Lyubchik, 100, 300, 1,585 with no tags for total of 1,985 fish worth $14,590; 12, Duane P. Bleth, 100, 300, 1,559 with no tags for total of 1,959 fish worth $14,382; 13, Robert D. Paulsen, 100, 300, 1,447 with 1 tag for total of 1,848 fish worth $13,986; 14, Oleg R. Vasilchuk, 100, 299, 1,409 with 3 tags for total of 1,811 fish worth $14,677; 15, Ivan R. Vasilchuk, 100, 300, 1,389 with 7 tags for total of 1,796 fish worth $16,522.

16, Steven A. Weber, 100, 300, 1,229 with no tags for total of 1,629 fish worth $11,742; 17, Hank J. Rardin, 100, 300, 1,155 with no tags for total of 1,555 fish worth $11,150; 18, Hollie Darden Jr., 100, 300, 1,035 with 1 tag for total of 1,436 fish worth $10,680; 19, Mark A. Watkins, 100, 300, 977 with no tags for total of 1,377 fish worth $9,726; 20, Russell R. McKee Sr., 100, 300, 883 with 2 tags for total of 1,285 fish worth $9,974.

Total of top-20 is 2,000, 5,996, 42,632 with 47 tags for total of 50,675 fish worth $402,716.

Northern pikeminnow, a large member of the minnow family, are known to eat millions of young salmon and steelhead, and other fish like bass, walleye and shad in the Columbia and Snake rivers each year.

Last year’s total catch was 173,981 fish on 25,271 angler trips.

There is a reward program through Oct. 16 that offers a bounty on fish measuring 9 inches or longer.

The more northern pikeminnow an angler catches, the more the fish are worth. 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.

There are check stations along the Columbia River. Anglers must register each day before fishing.

Catches must be checked in at the station each day, and reward vouchers will be given. For details, call 800-858-9015 or visit the Pikeminnow Reward Program website.

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