Earn Big Bucks Fishing for Pikeminnow in Columbia and Snake Rivers

Earn Big Bucks Fishing for Pikeminnow in Columbia and Snake Rivers

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The 2024 northern pikeminnow bounty season on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Washington and Oregon began May 1, offering anglers the chance to earn money while helping to protect salmon and steelhead populations.

Last year's top earner made $107,800, with the runner-up earning around $99,000 from May to September.

Anglers must register daily and turn in their catch at one of the 22 designated stations to participate in the program, which aims to reduce the number of large pikeminnow that prey on juvenile salmon and steelhead.

Rewards range from $6 to $10 per fish, with tagged fish worth up to $500. The program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, has removed over 5.4 million pikeminnow since 1991, reducing predation on juvenile salmon by up to 40%.

The best fishing spots near the Tri-Cities area are near the mouth of the Yakima River, with May and June being the most productive months.

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