Catching pikeminnow (Aka:”squawfish”) in Oregon and Washington is big business. Thanks to a bounty put on these fish, anglers are making some serious bucks.
The top angler this year was paid out $84,000 — which is actually down from previous seasons. In 2016 fore example, the number one squawmaster landed $119,341 worth of pikeminnow. The number one fisherman in 2015 caught over $100,000 worth of the fish.
The bounty program is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration in an attempt to reduce the number of pikeminnow that prey heavily on juvenile salmon and steelhead. Studies show that the program has been working.
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Also, check out www.pikeminnow.org