Columbia Zone

Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program

The Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration and administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, pays anglers for each northern pikeminnow that they catch in the Columbia River.

Learn more about how to participate.

Save A Salmon (And Make Money Doing It)

You can help save salmon and get paid to do it by going fishing! The Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration and administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, pays anglers for each Northern Pikeminnow that they catch that is nine inches or larger. Rewards range from $6 to $10 per fish, and special tagged fish are worth up to $500.

The program operates from May 1 to September 30 in the lower Columbia River (mouth to Priest Rapids Dam) and the Snake River (mouth to Hells Canyon Dam).‌

Northern Pikeminnow eat millions of salmon and steelhead juveniles each year in the Columbia and Snake River systems. The goal of the program is not to eliminate the native Northern Pikeminnow, but rather to reduce the average size and curtail the number of larger, older fish. Reducing the number of these predators can greatly help the salmon and steelhead juveniles making it out to sea.‌

In 2023, the top twenty anglers caught an average of 4,005 fish per angler and averaged reward payments of $40,135 each for the 5-month season. The highest paid angler earned $107,800. BPA funds the program to partially mitigate for the impact of the Federal Columbia River Power System on salmon. Results indicate the program has been successful at reducing predation to salmon and steelhead for 33 years. Since 1990, nearly 5.6 million Northern Pikeminnow have been removed by the Sport Reward Fishery. Predation on juvenile salmonid and steelhead by Northern Pikeminnow has been reduced by up to 40 percent compared to levels of predation before the program began.‌

If you have additional questions, please get in touch with:‌

Allan Martin
Project Manager
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission