Cash payouts offered to catch brown trout in Colorado River

KNAU — National Park Service officials are offering anglers cash bonuses for catching brown trout in the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and the Paria River as part of the Brown Trout Winter Bonanza program. The invasive fish’s population has increased in recent years near Lees Ferry threatening downstream native fish species, which they feed on. Brown trout are susceptible to Read More…

Fish stranded from dam malfunction on Montana river

Merced Sun-Star — Wildlife workers and volunteers scrambled Wednesday to save thousands of fish stranded by an abrupt drop in water levels along a Montana river that's renowned among anglers for its high-quality trout fishing. A gate that lets water out of Hebgen Dam just west of Yellowstone National Park malfunctioned and caused flows into the Madison River to plummet early Tuesday morning, Read More…

In the wake of floods, what’s next for salmon?

High Country News — Standing outside his house in Blanchard, Washington, water up to his thighs, Kevin Morse watched in awe as a few salmon — usually found in a nearby creek — swam across his driveway. His son spotted several more later that night while ferrying friends across the property in a canoe. Morse is just one of thousands of people across western Washington and British Read More…

Kokanee salmon make a comeback in Zackuse Creek

Issaquah Reporter — After four years of restoration efforts by the Kokanee Work Group, kokanee salmon have been spotted returning to spawn at Zackuse Creek following a nearly 40-year absence. Zackuse Creek has historically been one of several streams used by kokanee as a spawning ground, but until recently, the area underneath East Lake Sammamish Parkway had been unpassable for fish, and Read More…

Recent ‘atmospheric river’ proved catastrophic for fall salmon…

Sacramento News and Review — The Mokelumne River was seeing an outstanding run of fall chinook salmon at the fish hatchery when the atmospheric river hit between Oct. 24 and 25. “We lost a lot of our fish,” said William Smith, manager of the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery. “The Cosumnes River went up to 14,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) and every creek in the region came up with the Read More…

Coho salmon run shatters record as steelhead numbers flop

East Oregonian — A record shattering number of coho salmon have made the long journey from their home streams to the Pacific Ocean and back. Nearly 24,000 coho salmon have passed through Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River — the last dam between the ocean and the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers. The prior record, set in 2014, saw 18,098 coho make their way past the Read More…

Here’s what brought king salmon back to Bay Area rivers

The Mercury News — Autumnal rain has sent a surge of Chinook salmon swimming up Bay Area creeks, a sharp reversal in fortune for an iconic species that has struggled after years of drought. A living link between our mountains and coast, the fish responded to late October’s fierce atmospheric river by rushing up the region’s once-parched rivers, say biologists, frequenting spots where Read More…

Flood-stranded sturgeon pushed, pulled and carried back to the Fraser…

CBC News — A flood-stranded sturgeon is now back in the comfortable confines of the main stem of the Fraser River thanks to the volunteer efforts and cardiovascular capacity of two angling guides, who pushed, pulled and carried the giant fish two kilometres to deep water. The sturgeon was discovered by a helicopter crew flying near British Columbia's Herrling Island, between Hope and Read More…

Ecologist concerned beaver dam on Langley creek bad for salmon

Aldergrove Star — A Langley man is hoping that a little help from a local streamkeeping group can allow salmon to migrate up Walnut Grove’s Munday Creek again, after beavers set up shop with a sizable dam. Marlow Pellatt lives near the creek, around the area of 96th Avenue and 208th Street, and he only recently noticed that beavers that thrown up a sizable dam, one revealed by the The dam, Read More…