Pikeminnow fishing tips to be offered April 27

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A free clinic on how to catch northern pikeminnow will begin at 6 p.m. April 27 at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2108 Grand Blvd.

Eric Winther, pikeminnow program manager for the department, will offer tips on how to catch pikeminnow when the sport reward season opens on May 1.

The program continues until Sept. 30 and pays $5 for the first 25 northern pikeminnow, $6 for Nos. 26 through 200, and $8 for No. 201 and more. There also are tagged fish in the Columbia and Snake rivers worth $500 each.

Pikeminnows eat millions of young salmon and steelhead migrating down the Columbia and Snake rivers annually.

For more details about the program, go online to www.pikeminnow.org.