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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 6, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Latest Columbia River northern pikeminnow catch reward program figures


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

The harvest total from Aug. 25-31 was 5,636 pikeminnow (up from 4,821 the week before) from 597 anglers (down from 610 the week before) for a catch average of 9.4 fish per angler (up from 7.9 the week before) with four tags recovered (down from five the week before).

There was one tagged fish for every 1,409 pikeminnow caught.

The harvest season total is 137,529 pikeminnow from 16,510 anglers for a catch average of 8.3 fish per angler with 149 tags recovered.

The best catches this past week occurred at Lyon’s Ferry with 20.2 fish per rod for 11 anglers with 222 fish; Greenbelt with 17.6; Cascade Locks with 13.6; Rainier with 11.3; and Willow Grove with 11.1. The highest catch/effort this past week occurred at Greenbelt with 99 anglers with 1,747 fish for 17.6.

Highest catch and most effort area for the season so far is The Dalles on the Columbia River with 9.4 for 3,157 anglers with 29,730 fish. The best season’s catch so far has been at Washougal with 14.5 fish per rod; Boyer Park with 13.2; and Lyon’s Ferry with 12.9.

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







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