Salish/Kootenai Tribes pull 5,232 lake trout from Flathead Lake in…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes completed an initial phase of gill netting on Montana's Flathead Lake during the last two weeks of April, catching 5,232 lake trout. The netting is part of a larger effort to suppress lake trout numbers for the benefit of bull trout and other native species. Other suppression methods include random recreational Read More…

Searching for elusive steelhead trout in the Los Angeles River

Los Angeles Times On a recent sweltering weekday morning, environmental scientist Rosi Dagit waded into the murky water at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. Leaning hard against the current and trying not to slip on the rocks, she began pulling a seine net across a chest-deep pool, hoping to catch a Southern California steelhead trout. Dagit knew it was a long shot. Southern California Read More…

Court delivers victory for Oregon salmon advocates

WRAL A tiny, unnamed stream in the Willamette Valley became the center of Oregon's long-running battle over salmon and dams on Thursday when the state high court delivered a resounding victory for advocates of wild migratory fish. The Oregon Supreme Court ruled that the state's wildlife department has for years incorrectly interpreted its rules concerning the needs of migratory fish through Read More…

CDFW and NOAA Fisheries introduce voluntary drought initiative to…

CDFW News The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries announced a Voluntary Drought Initiative today designed to protect populations of salmon and steelhead from the effects of the current unprecedented drought. “This is one of many measures we’re attempting to get us through this extreme drought and keep Read More…

Police seek steelhead bandits who released 25,000 fish

King 5 Washington state’s five steelhead hatcheries are on high alert after someone broke into a facility overnight and released approximately 25,000 juvenile fish into the Snoqualmie River. State Fish and Wildlife Hatchery managers are concerned it was an act of defiance against a new agreement that sharply curtails the state’s steelhead hatchery program. The agreement resulted from a Read More…

Fisheries changes course on dams

The Appeal Democrat The controversy surrounding Englebright Dam and its effects on endangered fish took another turn this week, and environmental groups are outraged over the result. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released several documents regarding Englebright and Daguerre Point dams on Monday. The documents represent a stark change of position on the effects of the Read More…

Wanapum Dam fish hauling experiment ends

The Spokesman-Review Efforts to drive fish around the Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams on the Columbia River have been suspended after a study found dam modifications for migrating adult salmon were working. The Grant County Public Utility District started trapping and hauling fish in April, as the first of 20,000 spring chinook salmon arrived in the Vantage area. Officials were concerned Read More…

For first time, feds send Millerton Lake water to Valley’s…

The Fresno Bee For the first time ever, federal water managers tapped San Joaquin River water to meet contractual obligations to west side landowners. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Tuesday it will use water from Millerton Lake and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to provide 529,000 acre-feet of water to the landowners from Patterson to Mendota. Many of them are farmers. A Read More…

Snake River fall chinook make a comeback

Idaho StatesmanThe fate of the Snake River fall chinook salmon has not garnered the attention of its more famous cousin, the sockeye.But the comeback of the giant salmon that once spawned as far east as Shoshone Falls and the Boise River has been even more robust than the sockeye's.The fish were nearly sent into extinction by the building of Idaho Power's Hells Canyon dams in the 1950s and '60s, Read More…

New entity to manage planning for massive Delta tunnels

The Sacramento BeeConstruction planning for the giant water diversion tunnels proposed in the California Delta is about to be handed off to a new entity, one that gives a prominent role to the water diverters that will benefit from the project.The California Department of Water Resources, which has led the project engineering so far, has agreed to start sharing that duty in a joint powers Read More…