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TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

Idaho sockeye salmon success could be blueprint

FISHING -- The fishing scene is roughly beginning to resemble the good-ol' days on the Snake-Salmon river systems of Idaho. You've read about the spring and fall chinook plus the coho comeback this year. Here's the latest good news on sockeye recovery. By KEITH RIDLER/Associated...

TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014

Snake River dredging challenged by fishing groups

FISHING -- A decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin dredging a silted-in shipping channel in the Snake River near Lewiston is facing a court challenge by Northwest fishing and conservation groups and the Nez Perce Tribe. The groups said in a...

TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 2014


Snake River dredging to start in December, Corps says

RIVERS -- Dredging in the Snake River at the ports of Lewiston and Clarkston could begin as early as mid December. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Walla Walla District says it's awarded a $6.7 million contract for maintenance dredging of the lower Snake River...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014

11.8-pound record coho caught in Clearwater

FISHING -- Idaho Falls angler Steve Micek landed an 11.8-pound coho from the Clearwater River on Sunday, Nov. 9, to set an Idaho state record for ocean-run coho salmon. The catch tops the record set last month as Idaho's first designated coho season kicked off...

THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

Research hints high toll of salmon taken by sea lions

FISHING -- Prized spring chinook returning from the ocean to the Columbia River Basin are likely being killed by seals and sea lions between the estuary and Bonneville Dam in alarming numbers, according to research by NOAA Fisheries. Although the findings are preliminary, the latest...

TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014

Utah’s $50 bounty on coyotes may be boosting mule deer

HUNTING -- Although credible evidence has suggested that wholesale killing of coyotes ultimately stimulates coyotes to produce more pups, Utah officials say a $50 bounty on the predators is contributing at least somewhat to the state's recovery of mule deer. However, wildlife managers say habitat...

TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

Yakima River stretch opening for coho

FISHING -- A coho fishing season will open on the “middle” Yakima River on Wednesday, Oct. 22, -- for both hatchery and wild fish, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has just announced. Location: From the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap to the “closed...


Idaho record coho caught on Clearwater

FISHING -- Idaho's first specific coho fishing season opened Friday on the Clearwater River and before the weekend was over, the state had a new record for coho salmon. Ethan Crawford caught a 9.4-pound coho in the Clearwater and had it officially weighed, according to...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014

An Idaho first: Coho fishing to open on Clearwater

FISHING -- In a milestone for Snake River system salmon fisheries, the state Fish and Game Commission has approved a coho fishing season for the Clearwater River -- the first specific coho season to be set in Idaho. The season for coho with clipped and...

TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

Salmon catch rate high, pressure declines on Hanford Reach

FISHING -- Angling pressure for fall chinook decreased last week at the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River, but the catch rate continues to be high at 2.2 fish per boat, according to the following report from Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife...

TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

Best fall chinook fishing week of season at Hanford Reach

FISHING -- Last week was the best fishing of the season for the record or near record run of fall chinook that's piled into the Hanford Reach of the Columbia below Priest Rapids Dam. Anglers averaged 2.2 salmon per boat, up from 1.9 fish per...

THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2014

Upper Columbia anglers get to tap chinook, coho

FISHING -- Starting Saturday, upper Columbia River anglers will be able to tap a bounty of chinook and coho climbing over Priest Rapids Dam, the Washington Fish and Wildlife has announced. A coho keeper season is being opened from Priest Rapids to Chief Joseph Dam...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1, 2014

Coho count nice way to end September

FISHING -- It's been a good year for Columbia River spring chinook, a record year for sockeye, a record or near-record year for fall chinook, and now the latest about coho.... drum roll, Please: "The 181,514 adult coho counted at Bonneville Dam through Sept. 30...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2014

Coho angling record set on lower Columbia

FISHING -- Coho are the latest of the Pacific salmon species prompting records on the Columbia River this year. From August 1 through September 21, there have been an estimated 119,885 angler trips and 22,483 Chinook, 6,842 steelhead, and 4,919 coho kept, according to Joe...


Hanford Reach flotilla sacking chinook

FISHING -- The number of boat pursuing fall chinook on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia has virtually doubled each week since late August -- and the crowd hasn't curbed the catch. Here's the latest report on Hanford Reach fall chinook fishing from Paul Hoffarth,...

MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

First salmon in 102 years return to Elwha River

FISHING -- The Elwha River dams removal is one of the great "return-to-nature" stories to follow into the next decade.... Read the latest from the (Olympic) Peninsula Daily News. “When dam removal began three years ago, chinook salmon were blocked far downstream by the Elwha...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014

Snake River sockeye running toward recovery

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Once on the brink of extinction and still too close for comfort, Snake River sockeye surpassed an important milestone this week. Through Friday, 1,348 sockeye have been trapped in the Sawtooth Basin, the most since the run was placed on regulatory life...


Record fall chinook run stampedes into Columbia

FISHING -- Here they come! The record run of fall chinook salmon headed for the Columbia River has arrived -- in record fashion. Over the weekend, about 107,000 fish climbed the fish ladder at Bonneville Dam to head toward the Hanford Reach of the Columbia...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 2014

Unmarked salmon bonus day on lower Columbia

FISHING – Anglers fishing a section of the lower Columbia River will have one extra day to retain unmarked fall chinook salmon this month under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. That agreement allows anglers fishing from the Rocky Point/Tongue...

MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014

Hanford Reach chinook not biting, yet

FISHING -- Patience. A record run of fall chinook is headed to the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River below Priest Rapids Dam. But they ain't there yet, according to this creek report from Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist in...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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