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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011


MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011

Release all marked fish in Priest Rapids pool

FISHING -- Because of a study that involves chemically anesthetizing fish, anglers must release all marked fish on the Columbia River reservoir behind Priest Rapids Dam from April 1-May 31. Species affected by the emergency rule include smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, channel catfish and...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

Hanford Reach steelheading slow in February

FISHING -- Here’s the February steelhead fishing recap for the Hanford Reach of the Columbia just filed by Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist in the Tri-Cities: Lower Reach (Hwy 395 to old Hanford town site): An estimated 174 steelhead were...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

First salmon of season shows in Columbia

FISHING – It’s a harbinger of spring, or perhaps a harbinger of spring chinook salmon fishing. An 18-pound lower river stock spring chinook was picked up in the lower Columbia commercial sturgeon fishery on Wednesday. The fish, checked by Oregon fisheries officials, is the first...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22, 2010

Barbed hooks allowed on Columbia River

FISHING -- Starting Jan. 1, anglers will be allowed to use barbed hooks for fishing for Salmon and steelhead on the Columbia River, from the mouth to McNary Dam. Washington is putting the rule into effect to avoid confusion with Oregon's rule. But let's be...

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MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

Red line shows the 2011 forecast return of Columbia River upriver spring chinook salmon in comparison with the actural returns from previous years. They are ranked in order of size. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Spring chinook forecast looks good

FISHING -- The 2011 spring chinook salmon run into the Columbia river should be a good one, although not in the sensational range of the run that moved upstream this year.State and federal fisheries experts last week issued a preliminary forecast of 158,000 springers moving...

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

Columbia barbless hook rule scrapped

FISHING -- Washington salmon and steelhead fishermen will not be required to use barbless hooks in the Columbia River beginning Jan. 1, according to the Vancouver Columbian.Phil Anderson, state fish and wildlife director, said Friday he will issue an emergency rule rescinding the barbless hook...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

Court rejects killing sea lions to protect salmon

WILDLIFE -- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Tuesday reversed a ruling that allowed the federal government to kill sea lions that prey on salmon below the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam. The sea lions are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection...

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