Northern pikeminnows in the Columbia River have a bounty on their heads and a target on their backs, and one Columbia River angler took home a helluva paycheck last summer after he cashed in $61,000.00 worth of Northern Pikeminnows. His payment was just one part of the $700k total paid out to anglers last summer as a part of The Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery. The program was set up to mitigate the drastic impact pikeminnows have on the eggs and smolts of the migratory steelhead and salmon that call the river system home during their spawn.
We don’t know about you all, but making $61k over the summer, while fishing, sounds pretty good to us!
Read the full story about the angler’s record $61k payout in this article from the Spokane Spokesman-Review.