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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011

An angler reeled in this plump rainbow trout while fishing from shore at Lake Roosevelt. (Rich Landers)

Lake Roosevelt net-pen trout freed prematurely

FISHING– This year’s late runoff and deep drawdown at Lake Roosevelt has delivered a double whammy to trout and kokanee anglers. The prolonged increased flows and the reservoir’s low water levels likely have flushed significant numbers of carryover trout over Grand Coulee Dam, Washington Department...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011


A shad is reeled in by an angler on the Columbia River. Well over a million American shad run up the Columbia each summer.

Commercial netters to target Columbia shad

FISHERIES -- The Columbia River's non-native and under-exploited American shad is finally going to face some fishing pressure this year. When the 3-pound shad swarm in by the hundreds of thousands this summer to spawn they'll be met by Indian and non-Indian commercial fishers wielding...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Lake Roosevelt lake level chart for 5-27-11. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Lake Roosevelt water levels continue to rise

RESERVOIRS -- The Lake Roosevelt water elevation was 1,234.1 at noon today and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation predicts the level will continue to rise 1-2 feet a day through the Memorial Day weekend. The agency predicted today that the lake will be about 1,250...

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Snake River spring chinook fishing reopens Saturday

SALMON FISHING – Several new fishing opportunities for hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon are opening on the Columbia and Snake rivers for the holiday weekend as the season enters its final leg. Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to expand or reopen fisheries in...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Expert advice leads angler to 18.4-pound walleye

FISHING -- Wayne Heinz wrote a story for Northwest Sportsman magazine recently about the anglers who've caught whopper pre-spawn walleyes -- including the state record -- out of the Columbia River and its sloughs in McNary Pool. Then he went out, practiced what he'd professed...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Lake Roosevelt water-level-raising stalls

COLUMBIA RIVER -- Concerns about a major Columbia River runoff event that still might come from the headwaters, the Bureau of Reclamation is pushing water through Grand Coulee Dam without signifcantly raising levels from this spring's deep drawdown. The reservoir elevation was down to a...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

A sea lion eats a salmon in the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam in this April 24, 2008, photo. (Associated Press)

Humane Society challenges NW sea lion killing

SALMON PREDATORS -- The Humane Society of the United States has gone back to federal court to block the killing of California sea lions that eat endangered or threatened salmon at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River east of Portland, the Associated Press reports. The...

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New four-salmon limit isn't all good news

SALMON FISHING -- Tuesday's announcement from Olympia that the daily catch limit for spring chinook will soon be raised to four a day at Drano Lake and Wind River is great news for some anglers, but it's not universally a good thing on those typically...

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

Anthony Wesley and Frank Lewis fish with a dip net on the Columbia River near The Dalles Dam. Members of the Yakima, Nez Perce, Umatilla and Warm Springs tribes are permitted to catch a percentage of the spring chinook run which crosses Bonneville Dam.  (Associated Press)

Can't catch a salmon? Buy from the tribes 

SALMON FISHING -- The late surge if spring chinook salmon in the Columbia River is good news for salmon lovers. Fish managers today announced the reopening of fishing season on a stretch of the lower river -- and tribal fishermen have been given the nod...

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Kettle debris spilled into Lake Roosvelt

BOATING – The debris boom at the mouth of the Kettle River was breached recently, causing logs and other floating debris to flow downstream into Lake Roosevelt, state officials say. The debris can be hazardous to boaters. A temporary boom is installed a mile south...

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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011



Chinook salmon adult passage at Bonneville Dam.  (Fish Passage Center)

Chinook salmon run making up for late start

FISHING -- Here's the latest on Columbia River spring chinook, just passed on minutes ago by Joe Hymer of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department: Bonneville Dam passage of chinook through May 3 totals 68,752 adult fish. Daily counts have dramatically increased, with the counts...

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Columbia spring chinook still lagging

SALMON FISHING -- Anglers in the Columbia Gorge reservoirs will get seven additional days to fish for a lagging spring chinook salmon run. Washington and Oregon officials on Wednesday added April 25-May 1 to the fishing season for the Columbia between Bonneville Dam and the...

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