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September 20, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Latest Columbia River northern pikeminnow reward 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 Sept. 8-14 was 7,385 pikeminnow (up from 5,677 the week before) from 574 anglers (up from 566 the week before) for a catch average of 12.9 fish per angler (up from 10.0 the week before) with three tags recovered (down from five the week before).

There was one tagged fish for every 2,462 pikeminnow caught.

The harvest season total is 150,591 pikeminnow from 17,650 anglers for a catch average of 8.5 fish per angler with 157 tags recovered.

The best catches this past week occurred at Lyon’s Ferry with 41.0 fish per rod for 12 anglers with 492 fish; Washougal with 23.3; PortCo (Marine Park) with 22.0; Gleason with 18.9; and Willow Grove with 17.8. The highest catch/effort this past week occurred at Greenbelt with 96 anglers with 1,635 fish for 17.0.

Highest catch and most effort area for the season so far is The Dalles on the Columbia River with 9.2 for 3,236 anglers with 29,845 fish. The best season’s catch so far has been at Washougal with 15.1 fish per rod; Lyon’s Ferry with 14.1; and Boyer Park with 13.1.

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.

 

 

 

 

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