Anglers of all ages are invited to participate in the Quincy Valley Tourism Association’s annual Pikeminnow Derby on May 17 to 19.
The derby spans a section of the Columbia River between Rock Island Dam and Wanapum Damand offers contestants the chance to win big with prizes totaling over $18,000 for removing the predatory fish that preys on juvenile salmon.
The Pikeminnow, a member of the minnow family, is a native species of the Columbia River and is considered a dominant predator of juvenile salmon. Local tribes and agencies are partnering to minimize the impact of the Pikeminnow to juvenile salmon migrating through Grant PUD’s Priest Rapids Project by hosting this derby.
Registration for the derby can be made on the tourism association’s website at www.quincyvalleytourism.org. The registration fee is $20 per licensed adult and $10 for youth under the age of 15.
Registration will also occur on Friday, May 17 near the public beach at Crescent Bar from noon to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 19 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. near the Crescent Bar boat launch. All contestants must be registered by 10 a.m. Saturday to be validated. Prizes total over $9,000 in cash awarded to the top 20 fishermen in single catch weight and total catch for the tournament.
All contestants are also eligible for a raffle including two fishing boats:
o One 12-foot Alaskan Smokercraft DLXT Fishing Boat on a King Trailer with a 99 Yamaha four-stroke motor
o One 1032 John Smokercraft Flat Bottomed Fishing Boat on a King Trailers with a 2.5 Hidea four-stroke motor
The derby is paid for through a committee made up of: Grant PUD, NOAA Fisheries, Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Colville Confederated Tribes, and the Yakama Nation. To learn more about the lifecycle of salmon in the Priest Rapids Project visit http://www.grantpud.org/community/education/salmon-classroom.