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Columbia River salmon, steelhead fisheries reopen Jan. 1

Salmon and steelhead angling will remain closed from Buoy 10 to Hwy. 395 at Pasco through Dec. 31 on the Columbia River. Most tributaries remain open for salmon and steelhead …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 1:20 p.m.

WDFW commission to discuss Columbia River fisheries

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss the management of Columbia River fisheries Nov. 1 through 3, Thursday through Saturday, including a one-day information-sharing workshop with its Oregon counterpart.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Steelhead forecast downgraded again

There is good and bad news associated with the latest update of projected steelhead returns to the Columbia and Snake rivers.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Federal appeals court upholds judgment against Teck Cominco

A federal appeals court has upheld an $8.25 million judgment against a Canadian company that for decades dumped toxic smelter waste that flowed down the Columbia River into Lake Roosevelt.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 13

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 13


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:34 a.m.

Much of Columbia River closing to salmon, steelhead fishing

With dismal numbers of fall Chinook returning to Bonneville Dam, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will close salmon fishing on much of the Columbia River.


Bill to remove problem sea lions faces time crunch

A bill making its way through the U.S. Senate would allow the states and tribal interests to remove problem sea lions in the Columbia River, including by lethal force, to …


Bill allowing more sea lions to be killed clears key hurdle

A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that gobble endangered salmon in the Columbia River has cleared a key committee in the U.S. Senate.


Treaty negotiator: Canada could revisit salmon restoration to British Columbia spawning grounds

Salmon and steelhead migrated into Canada each year before the construction of Grand Coulee Dam blocked fish passage to the upper Columbia River basin. Getting salmon back to British Columbia …


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.


UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Amazon shareholder, former Spokane environmentalist urges Bezos to take an interest in Columbia River Treaty talks

The Columbia River Treaty got a mention at Amazon’s annual meeting. Former Spokane environmentalist John Osborn urged Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to take an interest in treaty negotiations at Wednesday’s …


Talks to modernize Columbia River Treaty to start on Tuesday

Members of Congress from the Northwest are praising the decision to start negotiations next Tuesday over the future of a half-century-old agreement between the United States and Canada that governs …


Spring chinook numbers on Snake, Columbia rivers improving

Spring chinook counts in the Snake and Columbia rivers are improving after a late start to this year’s run, but fishery managers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington are still unsure …


Interests widen in legal fight over Columbia River coal-export terminal

Six Western states and national industry groups have lined up against Washington state in a legal battle over its decision to reject permits for a massive proposed coal-export terminal on …


Feedback asked for Columbia River salmon fishery management

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking the public for feedback on a draft assessment of a policy guiding the management of salmon in the lower Columbia River.


Backers pursuing energy-storage project along Columbia River

Two major developers are pursuing efforts to build an energy storage project along the Columbia River in Washington state.


Getting salmon above Grand Coulee Dam could lead to fishable population in the Spokane River, tribes say

Getting salmon and steelhead over Grand Coulee Dam could someday bring back a recreational fishery to the Spokane River, local tribes say.


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Citing costs, U.S. House votes to halt additional water spills for salmon

Breaching the four Lower Snake River Dams would require an act of Congress under legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today.


Treaty Talk: Americans and Canadians discuss hopes for new Columbia River Treaty

Canadians and U.S residents had a frank discussion Tuesday about what they hope to see from the renegotiation of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty. Salmon, recreation, flood control and hydropower …


DR Michel: A modern Columbia River treaty needs to treat the Columbia as one river

On April 25, 2018, the Department of State will hold a town hall in Spokane at the Historic Davenport on a topic that will determine the future of our region: …


Priest Rapids Dam on Columbia River stable but leaking

Officials investigating leaking at the Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River say the source is likely the layers between large sections of concrete.


‘We’re losing’ sea lion fight

Just as crews from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission have for a number of years, Walsey, Bobby Begay and Reggie Sargeant patrolled the river just below Bonneville Dam on …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

Court OKs boosting water spill to aid fish at Northwest dams

A U.S. appeals court on Monday affirmed an order to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead and aid their migration to …


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 12:21 p.m.

Group calls for steelhead fishing ban to protect Idaho fish

Fisheries managers should shut down steelhead fishing in the Columbia and Snake river basins to protect a wild run that returns to Idaho’s Clearwater River, according to a conservation group.


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 …


Forgotten tank is likely source of oil on Columbia River

A long-forgotten tank is the likely source of an oil sheen spotted on the Columbia River near an Astoria hotel, the U.S. Coast Guard said.


Crews work to pull up tank that may be source of Columbia River oil sheen

The Coast Guard says contract crews are working to pull up an old 20-foot-long tank that may be the potential source of an oil sheen on the Columbia River near …


Oil sheen spans 5 miles on Columbia River by Astoria

Authorities say an oil spill has created a sheen spanning five miles of the Columbia River near Astoria.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

Judge approves plan to release more water over federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers

A United States District judge approved a plan on Monday to release more water over federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.


Coal company sues Washington state over coal-export terminal

Developers of a massive coal-export terminal proposed on the Columbia River have sued Washington state over the project.