Stories tagged: steelhead
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
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.
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
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 …
Mon., June 19, 2017, 1:12 p.m.
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.
Sat., June 3, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
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.
Tue., May 30, 2017
Fisheries managers move to protect steelhead B-run
Washington and Oregon are poised to implement rolling closures of the steelhead fishery from the mouth of the Columbia River to the mouth of the Snake this summer and fall …
Thu., May 18, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
In brief: Snake River family festival spotlights utility of dams
The Snake River Family Festival, with free food, family activities, music and information booths on the importance of dams to the region, will be presented 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday …
Sun., April 23, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Field reports: Film event promotes wild steelhead
The film “Our Two Hands,” which beckons anglers to conserve wild fish, will be presented on Thursday in Spokane as a fundraiser for the Wild Steelhead Coalition.
Thu., April 20, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few reels in another big one
Gonzaga University men’s basketball coach Mark Few is known for having some formidable bigs in the paint.
Tue., April 4, 2017, 8:49 a.m.
Officials predict low return of steelhead to Snake River
Fisheries managers are predicting this year’s return of steelhead to the Snake River and its tributaries will be the lowest in about two decades.
Sat., April 1, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
Poor run may spawn steelheading restrictions
The forecast calling for a dismal return of B-run steelhead to Idaho this fall has fisheries managers up and down the Columbia and Snake rivers contemplating regulations designed to protect …
Sat., April 1, 2017, 4:05 p.m.
Steelhead forecast sets up as worst in decades
The Snake River and its tributaries will see one of the lowest returns of steelhead in decades, according to a preseason forecast compiled by regional fisheries managers.
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Dam supporters say Trump should not consider removal
A supporter of keeping four giant dams on the lower Snake River calls it “ironic” that dozens of fishing companies and environmental groups are asking President Donald Trump to take …
Sat., Jan. 21, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Steelheader anglers warm up to frigid weather
“Because I’m stupid,” said Dave Morrow, anticipating the question. The angler had no better reason than that for leaving his warm house in Spokane during the recent cold snap. The …
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 8:37 p.m.
Sportsmen to be asked to pay higher fees
Salmon and steelhead anglers in the Columbia River would pay 69 percent more in fees under the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s final hunting and fishing license increase proposals …
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 10:04 a.m.
Orchardist who watered illegally during the 2015 drought agrees to improve fish habitat
The owners of a southeast Washington orchard who irrigated illegally during the 2015 drought have agreed to make improvements to the Touchet River to improve habitat for threatened steelhead.
Thu., Nov. 17, 2016, 8:19 p.m.
About 200 steelhead die at North Idaho dam
AHSAHKA, Idaho – Officials in North Idaho say about 200 federally protected adult steelhead have died in the North Fork of the Clearwater River, apparently after sustaining injuries at a …
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 6:59 p.m.
Big crowd turns out in Spokane to talk about Lower Snake River dams
About 200 people turned out in Spokane for an open house to discuss dam operations on the Lower Snake River. A federal judge ordered a review of the dams’ impacts …
Thu., Nov. 10, 2016, 6:33 a.m.
Steelhead anglers must do their duty for the Tucannon
In this momentous period of history, fishermen must ponder their duty and act on putting aside political differences and personal biases to serve their fishery.
Sun., Nov. 6, 2016, 11:12 a.m.
Out & about: Steelhead to benefit from Washington license plate
Washington’s new steelhead vehicle license plate has been designed and will be ready for order in January or February, Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say.
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 6:31 p.m.
Feds release recovery plan for Snake River chinook and steelhead
Restoring healthy populations of wild salmon and steelhead to the Snake River basin could take 50 to 100 years, and will require improvements in survival rates for young fish migrating …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 11:44 a.m.
Snake River salmon, steelhead recovery plan released
Federal officials say changes in how dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers are operated are needed to improve migratory conditions for protected runs of Snake River chinook salmon and …
Sat., Aug. 20, 2016, 4:46 p.m.
Out & About: Steelhead outlook grim in Snake system
Fishing for the normally reliable run of steelhead that return to the Snake, Salmon and Grande Ronde rivers could be tough this fall.
Wed., July 20, 2016, 3 p.m.
Metalhead mania: Angler Ron Neilson is relentless in his pursuit of steelhead on a fly
Most fly anglers see July as a time to head for backcountry streams and rivers to drift dry flies through their favorite trout runs. Ron Neilson isn’t one of them.
Thu., May 26, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
Request to lift Snake River fall chinook endanged listing is denied
The first attempt to delist one of the 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act has been denied by federal authorities.
Sat., May 14, 2016, 1:01 p.m.
Q&A: Puget Sound salmon fishing closed
As negotiations continue, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife temporarily closed recreational and non-tribal commercial salmon fishing in Puget Sound this month after the state and tribes failed to …
Wed., Feb. 10, 2016, 1:15 p.m.
Landers: Holding wild steelhead out of water viewed differently in Idaho, Washington
Idaho and Washington have conflicting state laws that demonstrate how people separated by a border – even fishermen and biologists – can be ruled by opposing beliefs. Anglers continue to …
Sat., Jan. 16, 2016, 3:19 p.m.
Wild fish advocates threaten to sue over Columbia River hatcheries
Funding of chinook, coho and steelhead fish hatchery programs throughout the Columbia River Basin is being challenged by wild fish advocates who contend that hatchery fish adversely affect struggling native …