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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 …

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: 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: 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

States slash steelhead bag limits

Responding to poor steelhead numbers, Idaho, Washington and Oregon have slashed daily bag limits on the Snake River and its tributaries.

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 …

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.

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.

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.

Replacing power produced by four Snake River dams feasible, study claims

The energy produced by the four lower Snake River dams could be replaced by a mix of other clean energy sources, according to a study

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.

Steelhead harvest limits stay: Idaho extends rules requiring release of longer fish; Washington’s bag limits same

Idaho will keep in place its special steelhead regulations on the Clearwater River and its tributaries and the lower Snake River north of Couse Creek for the spring season that …

Some Snake River anglers will get to harvest steelhead

Anglers fishing on the Snake River west of Clarkston will be able to keep some hatchery steelhead starting Saturday.

Clearwater steelhead project seeks public donations

Steelhead enthusiasts have until Sunday to donate and boost a juvenile steelhead research project on tributaries to the Clearwater River.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 10:10 a.m.

Steelhead bag limit increased on northeast Oregon rivers

The East Oregonian reports that Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has allowed fisheries managers to increase the number of hatchery born steelhead available for anglers in northeast Oregon.

Steelhead Derby organizers clarify boundaries, rules for reborn event

The boundaries of the recently reborn Snake Clearwater steelhead derby have been tweaked to reflect current fishing regulations. The Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce canceled the annual event in …

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Fish on: Idaho Fish and Game Commission OKs steelhead harvest

Idaho anglers will be able to catch and keep hatchery steelhead starting Sunday.

Some steelhead anglers are playing for keeps

Steelhead numbers were so low in mid-August that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game pre-emptively closed catch-and-keep seasons, but allowed anglers to fish for steelhead as long as they …

Coho season set; steelhead harvest tabled

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners approved a coho fishing season but delayed a hot-topic decision on restoring steelhead harvest seasons during a telephone meeting Monday.

Columbia-Snake steelhead run shows slight improvement

The return of A-run steelhead to the Columbia River basin is still dismal but the sea-run trout made a late push in the past week that prompted fisheries managers to …

Washington limits Snake River steelheaders to catch-and-release

Extremely low returns of steelhead this season have prompted Washington to restrict steelhead fishing to catch-and-release on the main Snake River this season.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 11:51 a.m.

Oregon lowers bag limit for summer steelhead

Summer steelhead season opens Friday on the Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers. Anglers should not expect a bountiful start.

Washington changes status of Snake River steelhead

The Snake River in Washington will move to catch-and-release-only fishing starting Saturday and lasting through the season, according to an emergency rule change posted on the Washington Department of Fish …

Steelhead fishing will be catch-and-release in Idaho

In the face of a dismal steelhead run, Idaho on Monday canceled its harvest season this fall and will allow only catch-and-release steelhead fishing. Washington is expected to announce similarly …

Steelhead run bottoms out at Lower Granite

Steelhead are setting a record at Lower Granite Dam and it’s not a good one. The run’s performance is so poor that fisheries managers are considering restrictions to upcoming seasons.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 10:35 a.m.

Steelhead run will be catch and release in Idaho

In the face of a dismal steelhead run, Idaho canceled its harvest season this fall and instead will implement rules allowing only catch and release.

Klickitat River has hedge against season’s grim fish run forecasts

The Klickitat River is a bright spot in the otherwise grim news of this year’s lagging steelhead and salmon runs, a veteran fishing guide says.

UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

Mixed news for steelhead on Columbia Basin

It’s projected that fewer than 131,000 steelhead will come through Bonneville Dam this year. That’s the lowest number in more than three decades and represents a fall of at least …

Oregon rivers see historically low counts of steelhead fish

Fisheries managers say steelhead fish in Santiam and Willamette rivers in northwestern Oregon have hit low levels not seen in over 40 years.

WFWC gets an earful at Clarkston meeting

Members of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission heard complaints and a few compliments during a rare commission meeting in Clarkston on Friday.