|Designated area for the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program|
Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead each year. Research shows reducing pikeminnow numbers helps protect salmon and steelhead populations.
Since 1990, anglers paid through the program have removed nearly 4 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake Rivers reducing predation on young salmon and steelhead by 35 percent.
The 2011 season for the pikeminnow sport-reward fishery begins Sunday, May 1, and ends Sept. 30, 2011.
What: Pikeminnow season kicks off featuring an aquarium truck with live pikeminnow plus information on how to catch Northern pikeminnow and a chance to talk to a pikeminnow fisherman.
When: Sunday May 1, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
Where: M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp on the Columbia River.
Take exit 307 off of I-5, head east on NE Marine Drive. The boat ramp is across from Portland International Airport at 15475 Ferry Rd.
Who: Expert Pikeminnow anglers, the Bonneville Power Administration, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration.
For more information about the program call 800-858-9015 or visit www.pikeminnow.org