Fish Forecasts Show Higher 2018 Spring/Summer Chinook Returns Than…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – More spring chinook salmon will be heading upstream to the upper Columbia and Snake rivers in 2018 compared to this year’s runs, according to an early forecast of fish returns by the US v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee. TAC is forecasting a spring chinook run of 166,700 fish, slightly higher than its 2017 forecast of 160,400 fish and considerably Read More…

Sea Lions and Salmon

NW Council – In the Columbia River between the Pacific Ocean and Bonneville Dam, a distance of about 145 miles, a substantial number of adult spring Chinook salmon that are identified in the lower river continue to disappear before reaching the dam, research by NOAA Fisheries shows. The most likely cause of this “unexplained mortality,” as it is called, appears to be predation by marine Read More…

Fish Traps, Alternative To Current Commercial Fishing Methods, Being…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – Pound nets or fish traps used to capture large numbers of salmon were outlawed on the Columbia River in 1936, over 80 years ago, largely due to massive harvests of salmon and steelhead when using the gear. So why has a Northwest nonprofit been testing the fish traps near Cathlamet, Washington for the last two years? That’s because the fish traps are more Read More…

‘A Lot More Work To Do’ To Recover Snake River Chinook, Steelhead

KUOW – One of Idaho's struggling salmon species could eventually become self-sustaining in the wild under the federal government's new recovery strategies. The two new recovery plans are meant to help three species of Snake River Basin fish that are considered to be threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act. While they point to a number of  ways to improve conditions Read More…

Escaped Atlantic salmon found 42 miles up Skagit River

Seattle Times – Strong, silvery and feisty, the Atlantic salmon hit the boat deck, thrashing and thumping. It was the sixth one the Upper Skagit Indian fishing crew caught that day. More than three months after a massive escape of Atlantic salmon from Cooke Aquaculture’s net pen at Cypress Island, Atlantics are still turning up very much alive in the Skagit River, one of Washington’s Read More…

Salmon fishing restrictions may get ‘severe’

King 5 – A salmon fishing agreement between the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and tribal co-managers is fueling continued angst by many recreational fishermen who fear it will force severe closures. The Comprehensive Management Plan for Puget Sound Chinook was recently released after a long secret court mediation process. If approved, it could place severe restrictions Read More…

Environmental Document Released for Fish Passage and Flow…

Sierra Sun Times – The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have prepared a joint Initial Study and Environmental Assessment for the Eastside Bypass Improvements Project. The proposed project, part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, has the primary purpose of facilitating fish migration and increasing Restoration Flow capacity in the Eastside Read More…

Willamette spring forecast is up; will it last?

The Oregonian – The 2018 Willamette River spring chinook run is forecast to return substantially higher than the 2017 forecast, but not many more than actually showed up this past year. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists completed crunching figures Tuesday and predict 55,950 adults and jacks (53,820 adults) will return to the Willamette system. The figure includes 4,490 Read More…

Recovery Plans for Snake River Salmon, Steelhead Released

U.S. New & World Report – Authorities have released recovery plans for federally protected Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead intended to make sure each species is self-sustaining in the wild. The final plans released Tuesday by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries include spring and summer chinook, fall chinook and steelhead. Authorities listed the three Read More…

Here’s how an angler made $84,000 catching 10,000 fish from the…

KVAL – An angler made $84,000 in 5 months by catching 10,000 fish from Northwest rivers this year. Here's how: The Bonneville Power Administration's Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program offers anglers $5 to $8 for every northern pikeminnow taken from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The pikeminnow preys on young salmon and steelhead. "The program's goal is to reduce the number Read More…