Over 300,000 salmon returned to Klamath River in 2012

Yuba NetFebruary 25, 2013A record run of 302,108 fall adult Chinook salmon returned to the Klamath River in 2012, while 283,871 adult salmon came back to the Sacramento River. The preliminary estimates of adult and jack (two-year-old) spawning escapements (returns) to the two river systems were recently released on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) website. The "Review of 2012 Ocean Read More…

Pesky northern pike eating up native fish species prompting fisheries…

The Seattle TimesFebruary 24, 2013State and tribal fishery managers will soon begin working on eliminating northern pike from the Box Canyon Reservoir on the Pend Oreille River in northeast Washington.This is the second year of efforts that will begin in early March through April to remove these predators that have the potential to gobble up native fish species.Read Read More…

If forecasts are right, the Columbia will be great for salmon fishing

The Seattle TimesFebruary 23, 2013Salmon anglers could see another blissful summer and fall fishing season.Fisheries officials are predicting a record 677,900 Columbia River fall chinook return, the highest since 2004 and greater than the 10-year average actual return of 547,900 and larger than 512,300 last year. The fall runs are split into six different stocks.Read Read More…

California Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks 10,000 Steelhead in…

Daily NewsFebruary 23, 2013Feather River Hatchery stocked 10,000 steelhead in the Thermalito Afterbay in February. This follows the stocking of 5,000 steelhead last year as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) strives to improve recreational fishing opportunities and provide a unique fishery in the Thermalito Afterbay near Oroville. All the steelhead released were raised in the Read More…

Oregon fish program caught in a bind on Sandy, Clackamas rivers

The OregonianFebruary 22, 2013For the past half-dozen years, fishing guides Bob Toman, Brian Campbell and Greg Frogner caught and kept wild winter steelhead on the Clackamas River for a state program designed to strengthen hatchery-bred fish. But not this year.A lawsuit by the Native Fish Society over how the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife runs its hatchery on the Sandy River led the Read More…

Federal scientists release final Klamath Dam report

Two Rivers TribuneFebruary 21, 2013Scientists from the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released a final 400-page overview of the expected effects of dam removal on the Klamath River.The report is a summary of 50 separate scientific and economic studies, and will be used by the Secretary of the Interior to make her Read More…

State wildlife officials say Sundial Bridge lighting may be hurting…

The Record SearchlightFebruary 21, 2013Redding’s Sundial Bridge may be bringing about the demise of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon.Since the bridge opened to walkers and bicycle riders in 2004, the number of winter-run Chinook salmon returning to spawn in the Sacramento River has plummeted from over 15,000 fish in 2005 to 824 in 2011.Read Read More…

Study shows importance of large, ancient landslides in creating prime…

The Columbia Basin BulletinFebruary 22, 2013A study of the Umpqua River basin in the Oregon Coast Range helps explain natural processes behind the width of valleys and provides potentially useful details for river restoration efforts designed to improve habitats for coho salmon.Coho salmon thrive in broad, flat valleys that contain multiple auxiliary channels to the main river. These valleys Read More…

Using amount of fish caught as measure of fisheries health is…

University of WashingtonFebruary 21, 2013“The sea is a big place. Most fish are small. So it stands to reason that it is difficult to work out with any degree of accuracy just how many fish live in the sea. One way is to measure how many fish we pull out of it. But is that the best way? Or even an accurate way?” asks an editorial in this week’s (Feb. 21) issue of Nature.The topic is Read More…

Fishery Managers will again gill-net non-native pike from Pend…

The Columbia Basin BulletinFebruary 22, 2013For the second straight year, state and tribal fishery managers are joining forces to remove invasive, non-native northern pike from Box Canyon Reservoir on the Pend Oreille River in northeast Washington.Starting in early March, crews from the Kalispel Tribe Natural Resources Department will use gillnets to remove pike from the reservoir and will work Read More…