Portland, OR - Lower, warmer water conditions are likely contributing to the bumper crop of pikeminnow caught during this year’s Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program. Watch a video with fishing tips and program details. Compared to this time last year, the 2010 season numbers are ahead by 30,000 fish.
The program provides cash for catching pikeminnow, a large member of the minnow family, in the Columbia and Snake rivers. These voracious predators chow down on millions of young salmon and steelhead every year. Research shows that reducing the number pikeminnow helps salmon and steelhead survival.
One lucky angler has broken the individual record for catching specially tagged fish that are worth up to $500. He has hooked 12 tagged fish and earned $6,000 in the process. Thousands of tagged fish are still available.
With nearly two months to go in the season, another angler has earned more than $51,000, nudging the record of nearly $58,000 for individual earnings.