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Invasive northern pike found 10 miles from Grand Coulee Dam, Spokane Tribe catches 45-inch fish

In a cavernous, and cold, warehouse in Airway Heights a group of Spokane Tribe of Indians fish biologists encircled a large, vicious-looking fish Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 10:13 p.m.

Under threat of lawsuit, Idaho temporarily closes spring steelhead fishing statewide

Under threat of a lawsuit, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to temporarily suspend steelhead fishing on the Snake River, Salmon River and other waterways throughout the …


Idaho utility’s lawsuit against EPA involving salmon on hold

A lawsuit by an Idaho utility against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning water temperature standards below a hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce has been put …


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.


Federal judge orders EPA to protect salmon from warm temps in Columbia River basin

A federal judge has ordered protection for salmon in the Columbia River basin from warm water temperatures that have been lethal to salmon and steelhead as the climate changes.


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.


100 years ago in Spokane: Sash company turns production to war work

The White Pine Sash Co. of Spokane announced that it would be devoting itself entirely to war work.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances

Canada and the U.S. states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington would all reduce their catch of fragile salmon species under the terms of an updated international agreement that, if approved, …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 12:32 p.m.

Rare Columbia River salmon fishing closure mix of bad ocean, bad river conditions in 2015

This week’s rare closure of most of the Columbia River to salmon fishing is largely the result of a double-whammy of bad weather and bad ocean conditions in 2015.


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.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Seattle’s PCC market to stop selling certain chinook to help orcas

Seattle-based PCC Community Markets says it will stop selling all chinook salmon products caught in Northwest waters to help critically endangered orcas.


Rising Yakima River temperatures pose threat to salmon

With water flows down and the heat up, temperatures in parts of the Yakima River this summer have been running more like those in the waters of coastal Hawaii, according …


Dorothy Dean presents: Teriyaki Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

The salsa is a mixture of pineapple, bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice and seasonings. It’s fresh, crisp, sweet and a pinch spicy.


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.


Salmon, steelhead fisheries on Columbia restricted

State fishery managers have declared a night closure for salmon and steelhead fishing starting Saturday on a large stretch of the Columbia River and two of its tributaries, according to …


Scientists attempt to feed chinook to ailing orca – but did she eat?

Feeding hatchery fish to a wild, starving orca in an unprecedented move by federal scientists to save her life.


All connected: a mother’s grief, starving orcas, dams, PCBs and Spokane

A grieving orca mother pushing her dead child. Her pod mate slowly starving. Spokane-area activists and environmentalists say the drama highlights the political and biological connections between the Columbia River …


Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest

An endangered orca is still clinging to her dead calf more than two weeks after her newborn died.


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 …


Analysis finds endangered orcas eat range of Chinook salmon

A new analysis shows the endangered orcas that spend time in Washington state waters depend on Chinook salmon from a wide range of rivers in Puget Sound as well as …


Symphony of the salmon: How scientists are learning by putting fish migration to music

What if you could compose music to understand how salmon migrate through rivers? A team of researchers from the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University have found a way …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 5:39 p.m.

House votes to curb salmon eaters: Bill would allow problem sea lions to be euthanized; Senate still must act

A bill to expand the authority of Northwest fisheries agencies to help struggling native species in the lower Columbia and Willamette rivers by killing sea lions there passed the U.S. …


Wandering sea lions endangering salmon, steelhead below Bonneville Dam

There are about 4,500 sea lions in the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to Astoria, Ore., and they love eating salmon and steelhead.


State must replace hundreds more culverts to save salmon

U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a decision that put Washington on the hook for replacing hundreds of culverts in an effort to save salmon while refusing to order federal government …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 12:48 p.m.

Supreme Court tie favors Indian tribes in Washington state

The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court order that forces Washington state to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration.


UPDATED: Sun., May 27, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?

Schemes to irrigate central Washington have stalled and unraveled for more than a century. New efforts are underway to divert water from the Columbia or other sources, but uncertainty remains.


Salmon migration lessons like fantasy football for fish, with 2,000 classrooms playing

To raise awareness about high mortality rates for steelhead and salmon in Puget Sound waters, “Survive the Sound” invites students to track juvenile steelhead as they travel to the ocean …


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.