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By John Kruse
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The Washington Outdoors Report: Catch fish, save salmon, make money


John Kruse

SWIMMING MONEY: A northern pikeminnow caught out of the Columbia River. An angler can make a lot of money catching these.

Looking for a unique summer job this year? Do you like to go fishing? If so, cast a line this summer in the Columbia and Snake Rivers for cash!

You'll be fishing for the northern pikeminnow, formerly known as the squawfish. There is a sizeable population of these fish in both the Snake River from its outlet near Pasco to Clarkston. They are also found throughout the Columbia River system. One of their main sources of food are steelhead and salmon smolt migrating to the ocean. They are efficient predators of these important cold-water fish, so much so the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery was created to blunt the impacts of this predation.

The program is funded by the Bonneville P...

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