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Outdoors blog salmon archive

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

When the hatches are opened on the boat contracted by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation fisheries department, the bounty of the Columbia river is revealed Wednesday, July 15, 2009.  Returning hatchery-raised sockeye and chinook salmon were caught and kept for food while wild fish were returned to the river for spawning.  The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation government is in the design stages of building a salmon hatchery near the dam. JESSE TINSLEY (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Gillnet alternatives tested on Columbia River salmon

FISHERIES -- Purse and beach seines are being deployed in the lower Columbia River in the first test of alternative commercial fishing gear on summer chinook salmon, the Columbia Basin Bulletin reports. Oregon and Washington fisheries researchers are evaluating the effectiveness of alternatives to the...

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

Lewiston angler Chuck Thompson holds the huge chinook salmon he hooked Sunday morning in the Clearwater River. It weighed in at almost 36 pounds more than four hours after being caught.  (Courtesy photo)

Idaho boosts Clearwater salmon limits

SALMON FISHING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission today increased the bag limits on adult chinook salmon in the Clearwater River drainage to two per day and six in possession. The commissioners also set a limited jacks-only season on another section of the upper...

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

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

Lawsuit postpones sea lion removal plan

FISHING -- The Humane Society of the United States says it has reached an agreement with the states of Oregon and Washington and a federal agency to temporarily halt plans to kill California sea lions at Bonneville Dam this year, the Associated Press reports. The...

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Grande Ronde tributary opening for chinook

SALMON FISHING -- For the first time in a decade, Lookingglass Creek, a tributary to the Grande Ronde River, will open to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon on Saturday. “We’ve revamped the hatchery program for Lookingglass Creek in order to provide more consistent fishing...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

From nope to hope for Clearwater springers

SALMON FISHING -- Flows in the Clearwater and Salmon rivers are receding and Idaho Fish and Game officials predict fishing conditions should vastly improve by the weekend. Regional fisheries manager Joe DuPont said hot weather Saturday followed by rain on Sunday and Monday caused rivers...

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

A group of young anglers show off their salmon catch where the Wind River meets the Columbia at Home Valley, Wash.  (Associated Press)

Wind River, Drano Lake chinook hot spots

SALMON FISHING -- Creel reports are just out for Columbia River spring chinook salmon fishing over the weekend. Here are the hot spots: Wind River – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged nearly 2/3 fish per rod, an outstanding catch rate for spring chinook. Effort...

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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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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

Courts, Public TV focus on Columbia River salmon

Watch the full episode. See more Nature. FISHERIES -- In addition to the spring chinook fishing seasons underway, Columbia and Snake river salmon are the focus of three other notable events: On Sunday, national PBS Nature series will broadcast Salmon: Running the Gauntlet. Better yet,...

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

Ten-month-old Colbey Hughes seems distracted as his father, Scott Hughes, watches fish ladder activity under the Bonneville Dam, where chinook salmon are arriving in sustained numbers.
 (Torsten Kjellstrand  Oregonian / The Spokesman-Review)

Season's open, but where are the salmon?

FISHING -- Fishing seasons for spring chinook salmon opened on much of the Snake River recently, but few fish are yet to show up crossing the Snake River dams. Here's the just-released official Idaho Fish and Game Department answer to the question: Where are the...

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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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A deck hand shows off a king salmon, one of many his clients caught on a day of charter boat fishing in the Pacific Ocean out of Westport, Wash.  (File)

Washington coastal salmon fishing seasons set

SALTWATER FISHING -- Coastal salmon fishing season have just been negotiated and released by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and treaty Indian co-managers at the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s meeting in San Mateo, Calif. Read on for details of the fishing package, which...

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