March 28, 2013
Steelhead in the Columbia River Basin are threatened. Current populations have dwindled to a fraction of the historic numbers a century ago. That has led two Northwest Indian Tribes to try something new to help this struggling fish survive.
Nez Perce tribal fishery employees say they have the best job in the world. But it’s definitely not for everyone. Winter steelhead return to the large Dworshak National Fish Hatchery near Orofino in February. Early mornings at the fishery it’s still cold, almost freezing.