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Northern Pikeminnow Fishing Derby

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Northern Pikeminnow Fishing Derby

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May 15, 2012

(Crescent Bar, WA) Gather your friends and family together and help remove predator fish from the Columbia River during the 2nd Annual Northern Pikeminnow Fishing Derby. Scheduled for May 18-20 at Crescent Bar, top prizes include two fishing boats and $9,000 cash for largest total catch count and largest fish caught. Registration is $20 and can be submitted online or onsite.

Northern pikeminnow, a member of the minnow family, is a native species of the Columbia River and considered a dominant predator of juvenile salmon. Since 1995, we have used several techniques to catch and remove these fish from the Priest Rapids Project area including; angling, setlines, beach seines and cod traps. These efforts resulted in the elimination of roughly 708,820; adult, sub-adults, juvenile and young-of-year pikeminnow from the Priest Rapids Project Area. 

Why remove pikeminnow from the Priest Project area?

Based on juvenile steelhead survival and behavior evaluations, it appears that fish predators, such as pikeminnow may be decreasing survival for juvenile steelhead as they migrate through the project area.

Based on requirements within the Priest Rapids Salmon and Steelhead Agreement, Grant PUD is obligated to financially contribute to a No-Net-Impact Fund for every percentage point below the 86.5 percent juvenile steelhead and salmonids survival standards requirement (project-wide).

Allocation of dollars from the No-Net Impact Fund is determined by the Priest Rapids Coordinating Committee whose stakeholders include representatives from NOAA-Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Yakama Nation and Grant PUD.

To date, No-Net Impact Funds have been deployed to:

  • support a predator index study within the Priest Rapids Project area
  • install irrigation diversion screen projects in the Methow, Okanagon and Wenatchee basins
  • support a nighttime electrofishing project to remove pikeminnow from the Priest Rapids Project area
  • fund the Northern Pikeminnow Fishing Derby

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