Here are the latest catch results for the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program happening on the Columbia River.
The harvest total between Aug. 22-28 was 7,297 pikeminnow pikeminnow (compared to 7,802 the week before) from 963 anglers (947) for a catch average of 67.6 (8.2) fish per angler with five (eight) tags recovered.
There was one tagged fish for every 1,459 pikeminnow caught.
The best catches occurred at Ridgefield with 20.9 fish per rod for 31 anglers with 647 fish; Beacon Rock with 17.0 for three with 51; Bingen with 12.4 for 23 with 286; Washougal with 11.5 for 38 with 436; and Chinook Landing with 10.5 for 45 with 474.
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The most effort so far this season has occurred in The Dalles with 3,367 anglers with 41,261 fish for 12.3 per angler and 25 tags recovered. The highest catch rate average so far this season is at Bingen for 13.6 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.