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December 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Final northern pikeminnow catch actually larger than originally thought

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Here are this past season’s northern pikeminnow reward catch figures:

A total of 1,012 anglers participated this season, catching 157,205 northern pikeminnows compared to 930 with 155,000 in 2011. This season the grand total paid out to anglers was $1,118,942 of that the top-20 anglers were paid out $505,765 and caught 62,385 fish.

For the third year in a row, Nikolay N. Zaremskiy of Gresham, Ore., was the top money earner during 2012 with a total of 9,324 fish and cashing them in for $77,238 compared to 8,000 fish fror $66,478 in 2011.

But while that’s not bad for a six-month season, it fell short of his record in 2010, when Zaremskiy caught more than 10,000 fish and earned $81,000.

Runner-up for the second year in a row is David R. Vasilchuk of Vancouver, Wash., who caught 4,617 fish and earned $42,042 ($60,742 in 2011).

Vasilchuk also caught the most tagged fish each worth $500 apiece with a total of 13 out of the 66 tagged fish caught all season. A total of 180 tagged fish were handed in and paid out $94,000.

The program pays $4 for the first 100 fish, $5 for fish numbers 101 through 400, and $8 per fish after 400.

This past season 824 anglers reached the $4 level, 90 made it to the $5, and 98 hit the $8 mark compared to 80 in 2011. A total of 530 anglers averaged 10 fish or less while 273 averaged two fish or less.

A total of 30,556 fish were caught at the $4 level and paid out $122,224; 38,600 at the $5 level for $193,000; and 87,861 at the $8 level for $702,888. A total of 22,966 anglers had a catch average of 6.9 fish per rod.

Others hitting the Top-20 mark were: 3, Steven A. Weber with 4,602 fish for an earning of $36,510; 4, Thomas H. Papst, 3,451 for $27,305; 5, Matthew R. Tennison, 3,348 for $26,970; 6, Duane P. Bleth, 3,141 for $24,822; 7, Viktor M. Orlovskiy, 3,119 for $26,122; 8, Ivar R. Vasilchuk, 2,932 for $25,610; 9, Timothy L. Histand, 2,702 for $20,326; 10, Oleg R. Vasilchuk, 2,678 for $21,616; 11, Edward R. Williams, 2,654 for $21,910; 12, Lin Rajaphoumy, 2,491 for $19,622; 13, Lance G. Uppendahl, 2,418 for $18,054; 14, Hollie Darden Jr., 2,324 for $18.286; 15, Anatoliy P. Sabadash, 2,254 for $16,742; 16, Petr S. Lyubchik, 2,200 for $16,310; 17, Anatoliy A. Gutsal, 2,183 for $20,114; 18, Leonid V. Protsenko, 2,030 for $15,934; 19, Daniel J. Geiger, 2,026 for $15,410; 20, Frank D. Vaughn, 1,891 for $14,822.

Officials from Bonneville Power Administration, which funds the program, say removing the pikeminnows saves about 4 million young salmon and steelhead, and other fish like bass, walleye and shad in the Columbia and Snake rivers each year from predation. The harvested fish are collected and processed into fertilizer and poultry food.

For details, call 800-858-9015 or visit the Pikeminnow Reward Program website.

(Photo courtesy of the Seattle Times Photo Department)

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