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Study: Salmon get home using Earth’s magnetic field

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Salmon have long been known to use their sense of smell to find their home river when it comes time to spawn, but how do they …


Barbless hooks required on Columbia

Washington officials have had an itch for years to shift to barbless hooks for salmon and steelhead sport fishing in the Columbia River. It’s been proposed — then postponed because …


Field reports: Expectations lower for spring chinook

FISHING – A spring chinook run of 141,400 – the poorest in six years – is forecast to enter the Columbia River, destined for upstream of Bonneville Dam, according to …


Restoring sockeye salmon a big task

REDFISH LAKE CREEK, Idaho – A vermilion slash in clear, cold water, the Snake River sockeye in this mountain stream is one of nature’s long-distance athletes, traveling at least 900 …


Field reports: Kokanee fishing to reopen at Lake PO

FISHING – For the first time since 1999, anglers will be allowed to harvest kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille starting in 2013 under fishing regulations adopted Thursday by the Idaho …


Study shows positive results for hatchery-raised salmon

A new study shows that salmon raised in a Nez Perce Tribe hatchery are spawning as successfully in the wild as wild salmon. Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Program Manager Dave …


Sides react to drastic changes to Columbia River fisheries

At times, change has come to Columbia River fisheries at a glacial pace. But the restructuring of the lower Columbia commercial and sport fisheries under way is more like an …


Commerce secretary declares Alaska salmon disaster

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — King salmon fisheries in major Alaska watersheds have been declared failures by the U.S. Department of Commerce, making commercial fishermen eligible for disaster relief.


Field reports: Fish weir installed on Okanogan River

FISH – A temporary picket-style salmon weir recently has been installed on the Okanogan River about 15 miles upstream from its confluence with the Columbia River near Brewster, the Colville …


Residents keep track of interaction with river

Huckleberries, venison and salmon. Bitterroot and willowbark.


Yakama tribe reviving another run of sockeye

In its fourth year of a program to reintroduce sockeye salmon to the Yakima River Basin, the Yakama Nation has been collecting thousands of adult fish for release in a …


Tribes discuss climate change

WASHINGTON – Quinault Tribal President Fawn Sharp recalls how her heart sank as she looked from a helicopter over the Olympic Mountains glacier that once fed the river carrying the …


Dam treaty to be revisited

Nearly 50 years ago, Canada and the United States shook hands over a groundbreaking accord that altered life in the Northwest. The Columbia River Treaty turned the 1,200-mile-long river and …


Tribes: Fishing rights at risk

SEATTLE – More than 150 years ago, American Indian tribes in Western Washington ceded much of the state to the federal government in return for guarantees of salmon and other …


Field reports: King salmon crisis closes Alaska season

FISHING – It’s a bad year for that salmon fishing dream trip to some portions of Alaska. Record low king runs have forced the Alaska Department of Fish and Game …


Huge salmon runs forecast for summer

Although forecasts for the 2012 spring chinook salmon run turned out to be overly optimistic, Northwest fish managers are projecting a large return of summer chinook to the Columbia River …


Low standards for water put fish eaters at heightened risk

Washington residents eat more fish than the national average – probably no surprise for a state whose borders include the Pacific Ocean and the lower Columbia River. From salmon and …


Field reports: Hundreds of bald eagles wintered in Oregon

WILDLIFE – The Oregon Wildlife Commission took bald eagles off the state endangered species list recently, five years after the big birds were removed from the federal list. In 1963, …


Chinook salmon run on Klamath River expected to be huge

The once-legendary salmon streams of the Pacific Northwest have been battling steep declines in the celebrated fish for years, and nowhere has the challenge been tougher than on the Klamath …


2011: Fish flourish in area waters

Fish generally thrived in an abundance of water flooding the region in 2011. Although anglers lost a full month of the fishing season to high water on rivers such as …


Field reports: State Parks staff to be cut 30 percent

PUBLIC LANDS – Nearly a third of Washington’s year-round state parks staffers are being notified this week they likely will be laid off as a result of lagging sales of …


Landers: Steelhead keep fishermen guessing

Steelhead anglers are scratching their heads along the Snake River system. The fish run is slightly below average this year.


No salmon virus detected in B.C.

SEATTLE – Canadian government officials said Tuesday they have found no signs of a potentially deadly, infectious salmon virus in British Columbia. Researchers with Simon Fraser University in British Columbia …


Deadly salmon virus raises concerns in U.S., Canada

Scientists in Washington state are working to improve testing of a deadly, contagious marine virus as a precaution, after the virus was detected in wild salmon for the first time …


Federal judge rejects latest salmon protection plan

A federal judge in Oregon ruled Tuesday the Obama administration’s attempt to make federal hydroelectric dams in the Northwest safer for protected salmon once again violates the Endangered Species Act. …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 2, 2011, 3:21 p.m.

Judge not satisfied with salmon-hydroelectric plan

A federal judge in Oregon has found the Obama administration’s attempt to make federal hydroelectric dams in the Northwest safer for protected salmon violates the Endangered Species Act.


Savory wild salmon ready in 10 minutes

Wild salmon is so flavorful, it only needs a little olive oil and salt and pepper and it cooks in minutes. It’s at the height of the season now, which …


Anglers question Yakama Tribe fishing platforms at Drano Lake

COOK, Wash. — Tribal fishermen have built about a dozen platforms off the Columbia River along Drano Lake, a move likely to spark conflict with long-standing non-Indian salmon and steelhead …


Landers: Single salmonfly offers nostalgic fishing dream

He couldn’t have been more excited if a whopper brown trout had just swirled on his Stimulator. Spokesman-Review colleague Jim Kershner stormed into the office the other day gushing about …


Dam in southwest Washington slated for removal

Nearly a century after it was built, the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River is about to be removed, reopening the Columbia River tributary for the passage of salmon …