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Studies: Done right, catch and release isn’t lethal

Separate inquiries find exposure of fish to air after being landed has little impact on their survival and reproductive odds.


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 2:39 p.m.

Idaho gets steelhead permit from federal government

Idaho received its long-awaited steelhead fishery permit from the federal government Friday, ending months of uncertainty over the future of the ongoing steelhead season.


Idaho will study wild steelhead

In an effort to get a better picture of how wild steelhead are affected by fishing, the University of Idaho and Idaho Department of Fish and Game will enlist the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 1:19 p.m.

Steelhead permit writers scrambling to make up time

Permit writers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are hopeful they can meet a March 15 deadline to complete Idaho’s steelhead fishery permit, but an agency spokesman said the …


Government shutdown threaten’s Idaho’s hatchery-based steelhead season

In a frantic letter to Gov. Brad Little, the Idaho Conservation League calls attention to the federal government shutdown threatening Idaho’s ability to keep hatchery-based steelhead season open.


Hatchery steelhead didn’t affect wild winters on Clackamas River, scientist say

A research study published this past weekend by the American Fisheries Society will almost certainly heat up the hatchery vs. wild debate about steelhead.


‘The damage is already done’: Anglers celebrate revival of steelhead season, but say economic impacts will likely remain for fishing guides and tourism

Those who would have been affected by the closure of the steelhead fishery in Idaho came together Sunday to celebrate an agreement reached Friday that will leave most areas in …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Agreement staves off steelhead season closure

Idaho’s steelhead season won’t close as scheduled Saturday.


After Idaho steelhead closure anglers, outfitters and businesspeople find themselves at odds with their usual conservation allies

There was a time when businesses in Riggins proudly displayed small signs in their storefront windows proclaiming “Salmon Mean Business.”


Gatherings set to protest steelhead season closure

Steelhead fishing outfitters, guides and anglers from the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and Clearwater Valley have formed a Clearwater chapter of the Idaho River Community Alliance and are planning a protest and …


Suspension of steelhead season spawns unease

A crowd of more than 80 people at a Riggins community meeting over the looming closure of the steelhead fishing season in Idaho heard mostly bad news Tuesday night.


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.