Sunday, May 6, 2012
Columbia River's Grim Distinction: Top Bass Fishing Destination
According to an article in the Columbia Basin Bulletin last week, BASS magazine has named two locations in the Columbia Basin in their "Bassmaster Top-100", an inane list of the nations supposed top bass fishing spots. The Columbia River in Washington and Oregon ranked 20th on the list and Dworshak Resevoir ranked 85th. The dubious distinction of being a "top" bass fishing location is an ironic and sad fate for the Columbia and Snake Rivers, once home to annual runs of salmon and steelhead of more than 20 million fish, they are know celebrated for the abundant invasive species supported in the dozens of impoundments created by dams throughout the watershed. Native salmon and steelhead in the Columbia would likely benefit substantially if bass were eradicated entirely from the system. Perhaps managers ought to be directing some of the resources from the pike minnow bounty project (pike minnow are native by the way) to paying anglers to kill off the bass.
See the CBB article: