How would you like to get paid to fish? One Northwest angler got paid over $119,000 to fish in 2016. That could be you, and here's how.
To decrease predation on juvenile salmon and steelhead, the Bonneville Power Administration funds the Pikeminnow Sports Reward Fishery Program in the Pacific Northwest.
The program pays anglers for each northern pikeminnow that they catch that is nine inches or larger. Rewards range from $5 to $8 per fish, and specially tagged fish are worth $500.
According to Oregon Live, more than 225,000 northern pikeminnows were caught in 2016! While the agency doesn't release names of the anglers paid, according to Oregon Live, the number-one spot has been held by the same angler since 2010.
That means the anonymous angler has been paid $600,044 since 2010!
According to the program administrators, besides paying anglers to fish, the program is working at reducing salmonid predation. Predation on juvenile salmonids by northern pikeminnow has been reduced by up to 40% since 1990.