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Meager numbers of returning chinook has state fishery managers wary

Spring chinook managers and anglers find themselves in a familiar position, wondering if the meager counts of fish passing Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River signal a late run, a …


UPDATED: Sun., March 31, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

The decline of salmon adds to the struggle of Puget Sound’s orcas

The crew of the Bell M. Shimada hauled in the net, long as a football field and teeming with life. Scientists, off the coast of Washington for a week on …


Most Washington salmon returns predicted to be worse

Below-average fish returns are predicted from the Fraser to the Columbia, as well as smaller body sizes for most species, according to Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Idaho’s chinook season proposals limit fishing days

Fishing seasons for spring chinook are likely to come with slim harvest shares this year, according to new proposals from Idaho Fish and Game.


Spring chinook forecast is less than bright

An early forecast from a group of state, tribal and federal fisheries managers indicates the upcoming spring chinook season could be as, or even more, disappointing than recent steelhead runs …


Idaho fisheries forecast poor for chinook salmon season

An early forecast by fisheries managers in Idaho suggests a poor outlook for the upcoming chinook salmon season. The Lewiston Tribune reports a group of federal, state and tribal fisheries …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

Idaho fisheries forecast poor for chinook salmon season

An early forecast by fisheries managers in Idaho suggests a poor outlook for the upcoming chinook salmon season. The Lewiston Tribune reports a group of federal, state and tribal fisheries …


Steer clear of chinook salmon nests

Boaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River are urged to steer clear of chinook salmon spawning nests, or redds.


IDFG approves fall Chinook fishing opener

Fall chinook fishing on the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers will open Aug. 18 and Idaho Fish and Game fisheries managers expect 18,126 adult fish to return to Idaho, compared …


Spring chinook salmon forecast gloomy

Chinook runs are notoriously difficult to predict, but if the jacks that returned this spring are any indication, Idaho anglers should brace themselves for a poor 2019 run.


Chinook tracking leads to bag limit revamps, Salmon season opened June 23 on Lochsa

Chinook anglers will have a chance to harvest salmon in the Lochsa River later this month.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 12:46 p.m.

Sockeye fishery opens on Columbia, chinook season closes on lower stretch

Sockeye salmon fishing opens on the Columbia River Sunday.


Idaho alters chinook fishing regulations after low return

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will close chinook fishing on some stretches of the lower Salmon River and reduce bag limits and fishing days there and on the Little …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

Idaho spring Chinook fishing set to open April 28

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved spring Chinook fishing in the Clearwater, Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers, last week. The spring fishing will start April 28.


Environmental groups sue over survival of steelhead, chinook

Three environmental groups are suing the federal government over the decline in wild salmon and steelhead in the Upper Willamette watershed.


No more ‘Kings of the Columbia’: Chinook salmon much smaller, younger these days, study finds

They used to tip the scales at 80 pounds: June Hogs they were called. The kings of the Columbia River. But the big chinook that used to lumber up and …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 9:46 a.m.

WSU researchers discover shrinking gene pool among Chinook salmon populations

As Chinook salmon populations declined across the Pacific Northwest, scientists suspected the fish lost a great deal of genetic diversity, too. But until recently, the theory hadn’t been tested.


Nez Perce tribe hopes to spark return of chinook with artificial beds

The Nez Perce tribe is taking advantage of overproduction at the Clearwater Hatchery to seed some local streams with spring chinook redds – spawning beds or nests.


Hanford Reach catch rate up slightly

The fishing wasn’t red hot, but anglers averaged 22 hours per chinook for 1.3 salmon per boat on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River last week. Fishing pressure was …


Chinook season a mixed bag for anglers

Chinook fishing will end on the Lochsa River Thursday night but continue on the Little Salmon and Snake rivers.


Spring chinook fishing closed in Clearwater Basin

Idaho fisheries managers pulled the plug on spring fishing in the Clearwater Basin on Monday after giving the beleaguered season a brief second life.


Spring chinook seasons hang in balance

The fate of this year’s spring chinook fishing seasons will be shaped over the next few days, with a decision looming early next week. Regional salmon managers will gather Monday …


Spirit Lake chinook study needs anglers’ help

Anglers in North Idaho who catch chinook in Spirit Lake can help fisheries researchers by dropping off a tissue sample at drop boxes being installed at one or more boat …


Snake River spring chinook seasons set in Idaho, pending in Washington

Idaho will open a four-day-a-week spring chinook fishing season on the Clearwater River, and daily fishing seasons on the Snake River in Hells Canyon and the lower Salmon and Little …


600,000 chinook fry lost at Kooskia hatchery

Fisheries officials are hopeful they can mitigate the loss of 600,000 spring chinook fry at the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery but are anxious over the fate of 1.4 million juvenile …


Idaho sets spring chinook fishing seasons

Idaho’s chinook fishing season will open on some rivers April 22.


Request to lift Snake River fall chinook endanged listing is denied

The first attempt to delist one of the 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act has been denied by federal authorities.


Ocean salmon fishing closure mulled for this summer

State, federal and tribal officials are considering closing all salmon fishing off the Washington and northern Oregon coasts in 2016 to protect weak runs of wild coho.


Field Reports: Fire threat closes private timberlands

FORESTS – More than a million acres of private timberlands are being temporarily closed to public access in the Inland northwest because of extreme fire danger. Stimson Lumber Company has …


Fishing guide devotes Columbia salmon opener to family as he tunes up for clients

Opening day is a slam-dunk money-maker for any fishing guide. But one Washington outfitter devoted the first day of the upper Columbia River salmon season to his family instead of …