Here are the latest catch results for the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program happening on the Columbia River.
The harvest total between June 27-July 3 was 13,567 pikeminnow pikeminnow from 1,407 anglers for a catch average of 9.6 (8.2 the week before) fish per angler with 16 tags recovered.
There was one tagged fish for every 848 pikeminnow caught.
The best catches occurred at Lyon’s Ferry with 20.3 fish per rod for 11 anglers with 223 fish; Bingen with 19.8 for 38 with 753; Boyer Park with 19.1 for 262 with 5,010; Cascade Locks with 13.9 for 69 with 957; and Beacon Rock with 12.0 for 16 with 192.
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The most effort so far this season has occurred in The Dalles with 2,869 anglers with 38,234 fish for 13.3 per angler and 23 tags recovered. The highest catch rate average so far this season is at Bingen for 14.9 fish per rod.
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 now through Sept. 30 and 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 25 are worth $5 each; after 25 they are worth $6 each, and after 200 fish 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 19 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.