Number of steehead trout spawning in Thompson and Chilcotin…

Vancouver Sun – There are now fewer steelhead trout in the Thompson River system than there are letters in this sentence. An update this week from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations said the current spawning population of the Thompson watershed is 86 fish. In the neighbouring Chilcotin watershed, 39 fish are expected to spawn. For the Thompson, that figure Read More…

Juvenile salmon restoration project aims to help create healthy…

KRCR – In the Northstate, there are four runs of salmon in the upper Sacramento River system. The decline of naturally spawning salmon has organizations in the Northstate working together to create side channel habitats that provide protection for juvenile salmon. The Rio Vista Side Channel project in Red Bluff, CA is a restoration project that will increase year-round flows to support Read More…

National group says pesticides poisoning Pacific Northwest salmon

Q13 Fox – In a report released this week, a national group highlighted Chinook salmon as one of the top 10 species imperiled by pesticides. The Endangered Species Coalition released its 2019 report, Poisoned by Pesticides, which included Chinook salmon. The report said pesticides sprayed nearby reach rivers and enter salmon streams through contaminated runoff, killing salmon prey and Read More…

Large restoration project restores salmon access

Newport News Times – This summer, a large, open-bottom culvert was put in place on North Creek, a tributary to Drift Creek in the Siletz River Basin that will allow chinook and coho salmon — along with steelhead, coastal cutthroat, lamprey, freshwater mussels and other aquatic organisms — to freely access 16 miles of stream and wetland habitat in North Creek for the first time in 62 Read More…

Conservation groups want to protect salmon by wiping out invasive…

Canada's National Observer – A coalition of conservation groups wants the federal government to agree to a plan to wipe out a population of smallmouth bass from a New Brunswick lake in order to protect salmon in the revered Miramichi River. The North Shore Micmac District Council — a regional body representing Mi'kmaq nations in the Miramichi area — is leading a push to eradicate the Read More…

Agencies work together to protect Salmon water

The Challis Messenger – Employees from the Forest Service and Fish and Game joined forces Oct. 17 to build about 3,000 feet of fence in the upper Jesse Creek region of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. The watershed around Jesse Creek lies due west of Salmon and is the main water source for the city. Employees from both agencies worked in the rain and snow to clear trees, pound posts Read More…

Fish woes debated by Salmon panelists

The Challis Messenger – John Freemuth asked five experts how the city of Salmon can save its namesake from decline during a panel discussion Oct. 22, and the answer the moderator received was that people need to let their voices be heard. "We need to make noise," said Cleve Davis, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe and editor of the Journal of Native Sciences. "We need to know where Read More…

Bill would protect yet undegraded fish habitat

The Cordova Times – A California congressman is looking to protect essential fish habitat not yet degraded against future actions of the federal government through introduction of H.R. 4723, the Salmon Focused Investments in Sustainable Habitats (FISH) Act. “The Salmon FISH Act will protect and restore the outstanding salmon habitats that still remain so that they can not only support Read More…

Cutthroats look healthy in annual Snake River ‘sampling’

Jackson Hole News & Guide – Jackson Fish managers conducted their annual sampling of the Snake River recently and found that Snake River's cutthroat trout were looking "really nice" this year, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Biologists sample a different section of the river each year on a three-year rotation. This year they sampled a section between Moose and the Read More…

Fishing guide hopes to engage Idahoans on salmon solutions

Post Register – So far, all the tactics, strategies, programs and billions of dollars to keep Idaho’s salmon and steelhead returning each year have been ineffective. In the past few decades, fish numbers have gone from the millions to the thousands. The crash has been particularly acute in the past few years. In 2018, steelhead fishing seasons were shut down on the Main Salmon and Read More…