28-inch steelhead restriction dropped on Clearwater

FISHING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has voted to rescind the 28-inch length restriction on the Clearwater River. This rule change became effective at 10 a.m. today (March 20, 2014). As such, the steelhead rules for the entire Clearwater River basin (where open)...

TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

Tucannon River fishing to close March 1

FISHING -- All fishing on the Tucannon River, including fishing for hatchery steelhead and whitefish, will close March 1 through June 6, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has announced. Reason for action: A large component of Tucannon River wild steelhead enters the river in...

MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

Dearth of steelhead is opportunity for die-hard anglers

FISHING -- If you're one of those steelheaders who's been avoiding the Clearwater River because of this season's poor fish returns, here's a big THANK YOU from the anglers who've been enjoying your absence. Read on for the Lewiston Tribune story that points out the...

FRIDAY, NOV. 8, 2013

Steelheaders still required to keep all Tucannon hatchery fish

FISHING -- In a correction to the S-R's weekly Hunting-Fishing report, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries managers remind steelheaders that, according to a rule enacted Aug. 30, anglers MUST RETAIN all hatchery-marked steelhead they catch in the Tucannon River up to their daily limit...


Clearwater River steelhead limits reduced as B-run trickles in

FISHING -- As predicted when the forecast for B-Run steelhead was downgraded last week, Idaho Fish and Game has reduced bag and possession limits on steelhead harvested in part of the Clearwater River drainage during the fall and spring seasons. The change takes effect when...

TUESDAY, OCT. 8, 2013

Update on fall chinook salmon record run

FISHING -- Although steelhead fishing has opened in the Ringold area of the Columbia River's Hanford Reach, most angling pressure has been focused on the record run of chinook salmon packing into the area. Anglers last week AVERAGED 2.5 chinooks per boat as they set...

MONDAY, OCT. 7, 2013

Steelhead catches pick up in mid-Snake River

FISHING -- Steelhead fishing success dramatically improved last week and through the weekend in the Snake River near Little Goose and Ice Harbor dams, according to creek reports just posted by the Washington Department of Fish and wildlife. The hottest fishing was between from Lower...

THURSDAY, OCT. 3, 2013

Fed shutdown delays fish counts at dams

FISHING -- Online posting of fish counts over dams on the Columbia and Snake river is being delayed for some dams because of the federal shutdown. The counts are keenly watched by anglers this time of year as they monitor salmon and steelhead movements during...


Steelhead B-run returns downgraded again

FISHING -- Columbia-Snake fisheries managers have just issued a forecast update the downgrades the prediction -- again -- for B-run steelhead -- the large, coveted steelhead stocks that head up the Snake River each year bound primarily for the Clearwater and Salmon Rivers. Here's the...

MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

Steelhead still moving over Lower Granite

FISHING -- It's not necessarily a year for celebration, but it isn't one of despair, either. The steelhead counts over Lower Granite Dam continue to mount and put fish in the sights of anglers in the Snake, Clearwater and Grande Ronde river areas of Washington...

MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013

Fishing: Chinook, steelhead surge in Snake River

FISHING -- Oh, what a difference a little rain and cooler water temperatures have made to erase the thermal barrier that had been keeping steelhead and chinook salmon from progressing up the Snake River. Graphs show the surge of each species booming up over Lower...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2013

Snake steelhead still stalled below Lower Granite Dam

FISHING -- Meanwhile in the Snake River -- anglers are praying for cooler weather and rain to break the apparent thermal block that's keeping steelhead from moving up through the Snake River past Lower Granite Dam.


Chinook run stalls at Lower Granite

FISHING -- An unusually lengthy warm season in the interior Columbia Basin, combined with low water volumes, has apparently given, first sockeye salmon and then fall chinook salmon, reason to pause before they jump an eighth and final hydro hurdle -- the lower Snake River’s...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013

Steelhead counts poised to boom at Lower Granite Dam

FISHING -- The bulk of this year's lower than average steelhead run has climbed over Bonneville Dam, the first dam they reach on the Columbia River, and all eyes are upstream. As you can see from the charts, the fish are making their way upstream...

TUESDAY, AUG. 20, 2013

MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Under-average Snake River steelhead run gears up

FISHING -- The chart above gives an indication that the early stage of the steelhead run continues to trickle over Lower Granite Dam at a lower than average rate, but still with promise of good fishing. Steelhead are moving over Bonneville Dam on the Columbia...


Last push of steelhead crossing Lower Granite Dam

FISHING -- Warm weather and spikes of river flow have spurred the last gasp of the season's steelhead spawning run up and over Lower Granite Dam. The 4,300 steelhead over the dam since Jan. 1, is very similar to last year and the five-year average.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012

Steelhead harvest season opens Monday on Clearwater

FISHING – The fall steelhead harvest season opens in the Clearwater River drainage on Monday (Oct 15) with a few twists in the fishing rules from previous seasons. The seasons opens on the main stem of the Clearwater River above the Memorial Bridge, the South...

TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012

Steelhead, salmon spreading from Columbia up to Salmon River

FISHING -- Good catches of steelhead and chinook salmon have been reported this week from the Lyons Ferry area of the Snake, the Lewiston area, the Grande Ronde River and all the way up to the Salmon River at Riggins. Water conditions are getting prime...

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