One of BPA’s most popular programs ─ the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program ─ kicked off May 1. The program continues until Sept. 30, and pays $5 for the first 25 northern pikeminnow, $6 for numbers 26 through 200, and $8 for numbers 201 and more. There also are tagged fish in the Columbia and Snake rivers worth $500 each. Pikeminnows must be at least 9 inches to earn the reward. BPA funds the program, which is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Anglers must register before they go fishing. There are 19 registration stations scattered between Cathlamet and Clarkston, including at Ridgefield Marina, the Port of Camas-Washougal, Beacon Rock State Park and Bingen Marina. Northern pikeminnow fishing is expected to get off to a slow start in 2017 due to the high streamflows in the Columbia River. The season ended on Sept 30. The results of angler participation and catch rates will be available in coming weeks.
For more details about the program, go online to http://www.pikeminnow.org