Need some extra cash? Ever tried pikeminnow fishing?

Need some extra cash? Ever tried pikeminnow fishing?
A northern pikeminnow (photo courtesy of the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program website).

PORTLAND, Ore. - Pikeminnow season opens Tuesday and that means anglers will have a chance to make some extra money in the next six months.

Every year, the Bonneville Power Administration kicks off their Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program, which aims to reduce the number of salmon-hunting pikeminnows in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Pikeminnows are voracious - they eat millions of young salmon and steelhead every year - and the program was put into place back in 1991 to keep their population down.

Anglers who catch the fish earn bounties ranging from $4 to $8 per pikeminnow (nine inches and larger). There are also specially tagged fish worth $500.

The program runs now through the end of September. To participate, you have to sign up at a registration station before you drop your line in the water. And you do need to have a current fishing license.


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(Video courtesy of the Bonneville Power Administration
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