WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014

Grande Ronde catch-and-release steelheading could be history

FISHING -- Fisheries managers have proposed a rule that would require anglers to keep all hatchery steelhead they catch on most of southeastern Washington, including the Grande Ronde with the exception of the first 2.5 miles up from the mouth. Anglers would have to stop...

TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

Hatchery steelhead must be kept on Upper Columbia and tribs

FISHING -- Starting Wednesday, Oct. 8, anglers must keep all the fin-clipped hatchery steelhead they catch in the upper Columbia River and portions of five tributaries up to their daily limit of two. Fish managers want to thin out the big numbers of hatchery steelhead...

Mandatory steelhead retention begins on Hanford Reach

FISHING -- Hanford Reach anglers must keep all fin-clipped hatchery steelhead they catch up to their daily limit starting Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has just announced. The rule applies to the Columbia between the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco and...


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...

TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014

Idaho winter-spring steelhead seasons underway

FISHING -- Although it's a misnomer, Idaho's "spring" steelhead fishing season opened Jan. 1, continuing the season that started in the fall with a few twists. Most important, you need a new fishing license. While we're on that topic, be aware of the differences among...

MONDAY, DEC. 16, 2013

Hanford Reach steelhead fishing rusty in December

FISHING -- The Columbia River steelhead fishing report for December in the Hanford Reach isn't anything to get excited about. Here's the summary just posted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist Paul Hoffarth in the Tri-Cities: Cold weather has kept anglers away...

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...

TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

Steelheaders find action among Hanford Reach salmon

FISHING -- Oh, yeah! Steelhead are returning to the Upper Columbia River through the Hanford Reach, too. Outnumbered by the record run of fall chinook, some anglers almost forgot... but not everyone. Here's the latest report from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: The...


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

Rivers coming into good shape for steelheading

FISHING -- Steelhead fishing reports and creel census tallies from the Snake, Tucannon and Grande Ronde rivers have improved. It's time to go! The Salmon River in particular has been out of sorts, as Amy Sinclair of Exodus River Adventures in Riggins reported last night:...

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...

Grande Ronde steelhead still lagging

FISHING -- Despite much anticipation because of a surge of water last week coupled with good numbers of fish moving past Lower Granite Dam, angler reports from the Grande Ronde River over the weekend left much to be desired. Catch rates were miserably low in...


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...

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.

TUESDAY, AUG. 20, 2013

MONDAY, AUG. 19, 2013

Steelhead A-Run size downgraded 27 percent

FISHING -- Columbia River fish managers today reduced their early forecast for the steelhead run moving up the Columbia, upper Columbia and Snake Rivers. Says Joe Hymer of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met this morning, August 19,...

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...

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