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June 2, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Latest Columbia River northern pikeminnow reward program catch figures

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Here is the weekly update on the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program happening on the Columbia River.

The harvest total from May 20-26 was 7,450 pikeminnow (compared to 6,737 the week before) from 1,100 anglers (1,180) for a catch average of 6.8 fish per angler (5.7) with five tags recovered (seven).

There was one tagged fish for every 1,490 pikeminnow caught (one for every 962 the week before).

The harvest season total is 23,505 pikeminnow from 4,574 anglers for a catch average of 5.1 fish per angler with 20 tags recovered.

The best catches this past week occurred at Rainier with 14.9 fish per rod; Giles French with 11.8; Kalama with 11.0; The Dalles with 9.7; and Ridgefield with 8.3.

Highest catch area for the season so far is Kalama with 8.9 for 152 anglers with 1,347 fish for 8.9. The most effort and highest catch has occurred at The Dalles with 1,143 anglers with 8,456 fish for 7.4.

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.

There is a reward program through Sept. 30 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.

Only fish caught from the Columbia mouth to Priest Rapids Dam, and from the Snake mouth to Hells Canyon Dam are eligible.

There are 21 check stations along both rivers. 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 www.pikeminnow.org.

(Photo by Seattle Times staff photographer)

 

 

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