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...


Another 3-day Grande Ronde spring chinook season set

FISHING -- The lower Grande Ronde River will re-open for an additional three days of fishing for spring chinook salmon Saturday through Monday from the Highway 129 Bridge upstream approximately 12 miles to the farthest upstream Oregon/Washington boundary line. Last week the stretch was opened...


Grande Ronde spring chinook season opens Friday; first in 40 years

FISHING – Starting Friday (June 27), the lower Grande Ronde River will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon for the first time in 40 years. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has just announced that the river, from the Highway 129 Bridge upstream...

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Special Grande Ronde River spring chinook season coming

FISHING -- A new four-day spring chinook section on a stretch of the Grande Ronde River is likely to be opened starting Friday. The official announcement and details are likely to be released Wednesday morning. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife didn't get all the...

Clearwater spring chinook fishing ends Sunday

FISHING -- Fishing for chinook salmon in the Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater and Lochsa rivers will be closed at the end of fishing hours on Sunday (June 29). This closure marks the end of the spring chinook fishery in the Clearwater Drainage. Since...

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

Idaho spring chinook fishing winding down

UPDATED 1:55 p.m. with announcement of Sunday closings by Idaho fish and Game: FISHING -- Idaho’s spring chinook salmon fisheries on the lower Salmon River and the Clearwater River basins are almost history for 2014. Idaho Fish and Game has just issued this announcement: As...


Another Clearwater stretch closing to spring chinook

FISHING -- At the end of fishing hours on Thursday June 12, the fishing harvest season will close for adult Chinook Salmon (24 inches or longer) on the Clearwater River between the Orofino Bridge and the South Fork Clearwater. The Idaho Fish and Game Department...


Wenatchee spring chinook season first in 20 years

FISHING -- Starting Friday (June 6), the Wenatchee River will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon for the first time in nearly two decades, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has just announced. With almost 10,000 hatchery chinook expected to return to the...

Idaho closing chinook season on portions of Clearwater

FISHING -- The recent reports of great spring chinook fishing on Idaho's Clearwater River were a prophesy that some quota's would soon be reached. Time has come. Here's a closure notice just released: At the end of fishing hours on Friday, June 6, 2014, the...


Clearwater river hot for spring chinook fishing

FISHING -- "Fishing was exceptional in the Clearwater River drainage last week with catch rates less than 10 hrs/fish in many places and averaging 14 hrs/fish for the entire basin," says Joe Dupont, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager in Lewiston. "Based on...

Spring chinook fishing resumes on Snake

FISHING -- Two sections of the Snake River (below Ice Harbor Dam and Lower Granite Dam) reopened to fishing for spring chinook on Sunday, June 1, while two other sections of the river (below Little Goose Dam and near Clarkston) will reopen Thursday, June 5....

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Tribes selling spring chinook this weekend

FISHING – If you haven’t been able to catch your own spring chinook in this year’s run, Columbia River tribes are selling them fresh from their nets this weekend for the first time in four years. A two-night commercial gillnet fishery is tapping the largest...

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014

Spring chinook fishing poised to close on Snake

FISHING – Spring chinook salmon fisheries on two sections of the Snake River will close for the season after four more days of fishing in each area, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has announced. Fishing for spring chinook in the Clarkston area continues today...

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014


Lower Columbia spring chinook fishing season extended

FISHING -- Starting Thursday, May 15, anglers will have another full month to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon and steelhead on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. Fish managers have more confidence in the run...

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

Yakima River salmon fishing opens Saturday

FISHING -- The upper section of the Yakima River will open for hatchery spring chinook fishing on Saturday, May 17. With the spring chinook fishery in the lower Yakima River just getting under way, a section of the river farther upstream will open to fishing...

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

Fish on! for Snake River spring chinook anglers

FISHING -- Now's the time to head to the Snake River for spring chinook. Counts of chinook passing lower Snake River dams are on the rise and water conditions are more than respectable, according to a Lewiston Tribune update story by Eric Barker. “Flows are...


Spring chinook marching up Snake River

FISHING -- Angling success for spring chinook picked up at Ice Harbor and Little Goose dams, the first fisheries the salmon encounter as they head up the Snake River. The big spike of springers over Bonneville Dam last week is entering the Snake system, with...


Idaho should see good spring chinook fishing any day

FISHING -- Big numbers of spring chinook are coming and river flows are ideal -- that's a recipe for success in Idaho waters, says Joe Dupont, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager in Lewiston. Although only 21 fish were estimated to have been...

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

Spring chinook fishing to reopen on lower Columbia

UPDATED 5:20 p.m. with more information from WDFW. FISHING -- Spring chinook will reopen Friday, May 9, through Saturday, May 10, on the Lower Columbia River from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Rooster Rock, plus bank-angling only from Rooster Rock to Bonneville Dam....

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