Pikeminnow Derby comes to river May 20
This weekend, the Pikeminnow Fishing Derby returns to Grant County after two years.
Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce’s executive director Cari Mathews said the derby was suspended from 2014 to 2015 due to low water levels at Wanapum Dam.
This year, the water is up and ready for the pikeminnows to meet their match.
“Pikeminnow is a predator fish,” she said, “So the derby helps get these fish out of the river, because they do affect the salmon; they prey on the salmon.”
Prizes this year include awards for the biggest pikeminnow (total catch weight), as well as $20,000 in cash prizes and a raffle that will give away two boats.
Yes, boats. Nice boats, Mathews said.
“Each person registered gets a raffle ticket. For each 10 fish that they weigh in that’s over six inches in length, they get another raffle (ticket),” she said.
The eligible fish can only be pikeminnows, she added. All caught fish will be destroyed.
Participants can fish anywhere from Rock Island Dam to Wanapum Dam. Fishing from a boat, your odds are better than from shore, she said.
The derby starts at 6 p.m. Friday.
People can register as late as 10 a.m. on Saturday. Fish weigh-in will be at Crescent Bar. The final weigh-in will occur Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Registration is $25 for children 16 and older and adults. It’s $10 for children 15 years old or younger.
— By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org