Sockeye showing over 7,000 a day past Bonneville, run likely to be…

The Dalles Chronicle - Sockeye salmon, known for their bright red meat and high oil content, are starting to surge up the Columbia River on their spawning mission toward the Okanogan and Wenatchee rivers -- which branch off from the big river in central Washington -- and toward the Snake River’s Salmon River drainage. The run, expected to number 347,100 sockeye, has begun to hit stride over Read More…

Drought helps coho salmon set migration record

San Francisco Chronicle - The strange ways of Mother Nature were on display this year when a record number of Marin County's storied coho salmon migrated to the ocean, an astonishing quirk for a fishery otherwise ravaged by drought. Almost 20,000 juvenile coho swam out of Lagunitas Creek into the ocean in the spring in the largest salmon migration that scientists have recorded since they Read More…

Students release salmon fry

Observer-Reporter - Carrying buckets, crawling under barbed wire and a chance encounter with a garter snake were all part of science class for La Salle High School students. The students released thousands of small salmon they raised at the school’s mini hatchery into Ahtanum Creek at the St. Joseph Mission. Splash. They dumped bucket after bucket of water and the 2-inch-long fish Read More…

The L.A. River means one thing to people and another to a steelhead…

Next City - Despite its name, the Los Angeles River is more like a gutter the size of an interstate. The indented waterway, built to handle storm water runoff and make property-destroying floods a thing of the past, is today an icon of over-development. And deep and worsening problems with the region’s water supply have a variety of agencies re-thinking the river. On May 28th, the U.S. Read More…

Inside the $5M ‘salmon vacuum’ on Cougar Reservoir

KVAL – How do you get more baby salmon past Cougar Dam to the McKenzie River and Pacific Ocean beyond? It's a daunting challenge for fish biologists from the Army Corps of Engineers working at Courgar Reservoir. "This portable floating fish collector is an experiment," said Scott Clemans with the Army Corps. A $5 million experiment: dubbed the PFFC for short, this salmon sucker is Read More…

Salmon spawning habitat project begins in Oroville

Chico ER – For people who like to swim, kayak or float in the Feather River, officials are advising people to be cautious between the Feather River Fish Hatchery and Centennial Park for work that is underway. The California Department of Water Resources recently began a summer-long project to improve the salmon and steelhead fish habitat in the river by adding gravel. Although the Read More…

Summer salmon fisheries scheduled; large sockeye return anticipated

The Dalles Chronicle – Oregon and Washington fishery managers of Columbia River on Wednesday approved both tribal and non-Indian commercial fisheries for the early summer period, and laid out the ground rules for sport fisheries that are expected to target Chinook salmon and what is expected to be a bumper crops of sockeye salmon returning, for the most part, to the Okanogan River Read More…

About 14,000 young salmon die in Elwha River release of 2.6 million…

Peninsula Daily News – About 14,000 dead 6-month-old salmon were counted in the rearing ponds of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife's Elwha River rearing facility after 2.6 million were released Tuesday afternoon. “That's higher than normal mortality would be at this time,”said Randy Aho, hatchery operations manager for the Fish and Wildlife region that stretches from the Long Read More…

Latest Federal Plan for Columbia Salmon Challenged

ABC News – Conservation groups and salmon advocates have challenged the Obama administration's latest plan for making Columbia Basin dams safe for salmon. The challenge was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service, which oversees salmon protection, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Bureau Read More…

Fish evacuated from American River hatcheries due to drought

The Sacramento Bee – The drought is forcing state officials to evacuate rainbow trout and steelhead fish from two hatcheries on the American River amid concern the water will become warm enough to kill the fish in coming weeks. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Tuesday will use tanker trucks to remove about 1 million trout from the American River Hatchery. From there, they Read More…