Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 52° Cloudy
Sports >  Outdoors

Angler earns $83,877 catching pikeminnows

Northern pikeminnows in the Columbia River. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Northern pikeminnows in the Columbia River. (COURTESY PHOTO)

One dedicated angler earned $83,877 over the last five months catching pikeminnows.

Pikeminnows prey on young salmon and steelhead. That’s why the Bonneville Power Administration started the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program offering between $5 and $8 for each northern pikeminnow caught from the Columbia and Snake rivers.

The top angler in 2017 caught 10,000 such fish. The top 20 anglers earned on average $30,000. And while high seeming, those numbers are down from last year. In 2016, the top angler earned $119,341 and the top angler in 2015 earned more than $100,000.

The season opens May 1 and runs through Sept. 30. Pikeminnows can be caught for a reward in the Clarkston, Washington area and at Boyer Park on the Snake River near Pullman.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the sports newsletter

Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.