Bounty still being paid on pikeminnows

— Love fishing and want to make a few bucks?

Well, Bonneville Power Administration and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission may have just the answer.

“Bounty hunters,” per se, can catch and keep pikeminnows and get paid for it.

Pikeminnows, commonly called squawfish, eat smaller fish, including juvenile salmon and steelhead.

Fishermen catching and keeping them can be paid $5-$8 per fish, depending on size. And there are a few tagged fish worth $500.

Some anglers have made big money on the bounties — the highest paid fishermen reeled in approximately $119,000 in five months last year.

There are still a couple months in the bounty season.


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