Sturgeon poachers close Gilbert River fishery to all anglers

The Oregonian – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife closed all sturgeon fishing, including catch and release, in Sauvie Island's Gilbert River because of poaching. The department also enacted seasonal angling closures for other fish starting Monday. No fishing will be allowed from April 24 through June 15 and from October through December. Poachers have targeted sturgeon in Read More…

Tribe offers bounty on pike

Omak Chronicle – The Colville Confederated Tribes is offering $10 a head for northern pike caught in the Columbia River above Grand Coulee Dam, the Spokane River upstream to Little Falls or the Kettle River. Program participants will be paid for every northern pike head deposited into designated freezers, with a maximum of $590 going to any individual during the calendar year. Read Read More…

Columbia River regional fish checks show spring chinook fishery…

The Seattle Times – The 503 adult spring Chinook counted at Bonneville Dam through April 16 are the second lowest on record since at least 1939.  The record low are the 205 fish counted through April 16, 2006. Cowlitz River – 8 bank anglers with 1 steelhead kept.  20 boat anglers with 3 adult Chinook kept. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 300 winter-run steelhead Read More…

DPIIC discusses the future of habitat restoration in the Delta

The Delta Confluence – The Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC) discussed several relevant topics relating to the Delta and the Delta Stewardship Council's (DSC) Delta Plan earlier this week. Habitat restoration was a focal point of the agenda. Campbell Ingram, Executive Officer for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy (Conservancy), informed the DPIIC of recent Read More…

Record of Decision for the long-term plan to protect adult salmon in…

Maven's Notebook – The Bureau of Reclamation signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Long-Term Plan to Protect Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River fulfilling its commitment to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District to provide a long-term approach to avoiding a fish die-off in the lower Klamath River. With this decision, Reclamation is providing greater certainty for all stakeholders Read More…

Volunteers Work to Revitalize Los Angeles River

Voice of America – The Los Angeles River spans 80 kilometers through Los Angeles and its suburbs, and for much of its route it’s encased in concrete. Like many urban waterways, the river is being restored to its natural state, and volunteers are helping for three weekends in April in an annual cleanup. The sprucing up coincides with Earth Day, April 22. Much of the river was lined with Read More…

Cosumnes River Provides Model for Floodplain Restoration in California

News Deeply – With California's surface drought over, the state can prioritize investing in groundwater recharge and floodplain restoration to help fight one of its biggest lingering problems: groundwater overdraft. As it does so, the relatively unknown Cosumnes River watershed has emerged as a model. Roughly half of the groundwater basins in California’s Central Valley are critically Read More…

In The Rockies, Climate Change Spells Trouble For Cutthroat Trout

NPR – There's an unplanned experiment going on in the northern Rocky Mountains. What's happening is that spring is arriving earlier, and it's generally warmer and drier than usual. And that's messing with some of the fish that live there. The fish is the iconic cutthroat trout. It's a native North American fish that thrives in cold, small streams. Explorer Meriwether Lewis of Lewis and Read More…

Pesticide Impact on Bay Delta Fish Could Be Greater Than Realized

News Deeply – At a recent University of California Davis symposium on multiple stressors in the San Francisco Estuary, toxicologist Tracy Collier called for more monitoring in the Delta. “We don’t know what’s in the water,” he explains. And, as if in answer, hydrologist James Orlando presented early results from a new U.S. Geological Survey effort to help find out. The mix of Read More…

California Democrats prepare to battle GOP over Endangered Species Act

The Press-Enterprise – Last spring, well before a deluge of winter rain in California, then presidential candidate Donald Trump famously declared to an audience of Central Valley farmers that the state hadn’t really suffered from years of drought. “Is there a drought?  No, we have plenty of water,” Trump said in Fresno, despite evidence to the contrary.  He then went on to say the Read More…