According to the Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program, northern Pikeminnow eat millions of salmon and steelhead juveniles each year in the Columbia and Snake River systems. The goal of the program is to reduce the average size and curtail the number of larger, older fish. Reducing the number of these fish can help get salmon out to sea, helping their populations and therefore, orca populations.
In 2020, the top-twenty anglers caught an average of 2,351 fish per angler and averaged reward payments of $20,414 each for the 5 month season, the Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program said. According to the program, the highest-paid angler earned $48,501.Washington state wants to pay you to catch pikeminnow