PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Substantial reward increases for the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Fishery Reward make it potentially more profitable for anglers participating in the 2022 season, the Bonneville Power Administration said Wednesday.
The opening day of the northern pike sports reward season is May 1 and this year anglers will earn $6, $8 or $10 – up from $5, $6 and $8 – for every pike at least nine inches long. This is the first reward increase since 2015. The more fish caught, the more each pikeminnow is worth. Specially tagged northern pike released by state fish and wildlife biologists into the Columbia and Snake rivers are worth $200 to $500 each.
In addition to increasing reward amounts, program managers facilitate participation. Online registration and an application are expected to debut early in the 2022 season.
“These tools will make it easier for people to participate, especially those who don’t live near a Pikeminnow recording station,” said Eric Winther of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, project manager for the Columbia River Predator Control Program. “Currently, people have to go to a station and fill out paperwork before they go fishing. Signing up online or through the app means they can go straight to the river, spend more time fishing, and take a trip to the resort to return their catch.
Eighteen full-time stations will operate during the five-month season, with two to four additional satellite stations available later in the season. These satellite stations provide anglers with additional pike fishing opportunities in areas where fishing is good for short periods of time. Interested anglers are encouraged to obtain the most up-to-date information from the program’s website, www.pikeminnow.org, before heading out.
Northern pike consume millions of young salmon and rainbow trout each year. Since 1990, anglers paid under the program have removed nearly 5 million pike from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration and administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission in cooperation with the Washington and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife. It has reduced pike predation on young salmon and rainbow trout by about 40% since its inception.
Details on how to enroll in the program and applicable state fishing regulations are also available on the program website. Anglers will find resources on the site, including maps, how-to videos, and free fishing clinics, to help them up their fishing game.
For more information on the 2022 Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishing visit www.pikeminnow.org or call 800-858-9015.
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a not-for-profit federal electricity distributor that wholesales carbon-free hydroelectricity from 31 federal dams in the Columbia River Basin . It also markets the output of the only nuclear power plant in the region. BPA supplies this energy to more than 140 electric utilities in the Northwest, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA also owns and operates over 15,000 circuit miles of high voltage power lines and 261 substations, and provides transmission service to over 300 customers. In total, the BPA provides almost a third of the electricity produced in the North West. To mitigate the impacts of federal dams, BPA implements a Fish and Wildlife Program that includes working with partners to make federal dams safer for fish passage. It also pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain a safe, affordable and reliable power supply for the North West. www.bpa.gov