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Outdoors blog salmon archive

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2016

Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River. (Joe Jaszewski / The Idaho Statesman via AP)

Idaho sockeye get boost at Snake River dams

FISHING – Structural changes at two Snake River dams in Washington are helping more endangered sockeye salmon make the trip upstream to central Idaho this year, federal officials say. Here are details from the Associated Press: The permanent system at Lower Granite Dam and a...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2016

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2016

McNary Dam on the Columbia River near the Tri-Cities. (Associated Press)

Steelhead slow to show above McNary Dam

FISHING -- There's not much to report since the Columbia River from McNary Dam upstream to U.S. 395 opened for the harvest of hatchery steelhead on June 16. "The fishery has been very slow for effort and harvest over the past two weeks," said Paul...

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MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2016

While fishing the Deschutes with guide Bob Toman, ODFW NW Regional Manager Chris Wheaton landed a double, a summer steelhead and smallmouth bass, while casting a single FAT Fish plug in the half ounce size. Although not unheard of, it's rare to catch a steelhead and smallmouth bass on the same lure and cast. Bob and client were fishing about 3 miles upstream from the mouth of where the Deschutes River enters the Columbia.

 (Courtesy photo)

Summer steelhead: slow start or bad news?

FISHING -- Comparing Columbia River dam fish counts from year to year can be insightful or simply frustrating. For what it's worth, here's the latest on summer steelhead from Joe Hymer of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department in Vancouver: Summer steelhead crossing Bonneville Dam...

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

The fourth sockeye of the season over Lower Granite Dam passes the viewing window on June 29, 2012, as it continues its 700-mile journey from the ocean back to its origin in the upper Snake River drainage.  (Don Butts)

Columbia sockeye run continues record pace

FISHING -- Sockin' it to the preseason forecast -- the Columbia River sockeye count at Bonneville Dam continues at a record pace (since at least 1938), says Joe Hymer, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife salmon specialist. Through June 20, a total of 132,854 sockeye...

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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

A chinook salmon with sores and tumors on its mouth was caught by Idaho angler Clinton Kingston in spring of 2016 in the Little Salmon River. (Courtesy)

Grotesque salmon raise eyebrows in Idaho 17 

FISHING -- A chinook salmon with a mouth deformed by sores and tumors was caught June 9 in the Little Salmon River by Idaho angler Clinton Kingston. The springer certainly generated some discussion ranging on topics that ranged to the possibility of exposure to radiation...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016

Anglers admire their catch of sockeye and a few summer chinook after fishing the upper Columbia River near Brewster. (Rich Landers)

Early sockeye salmon surge puzzles fish managers

FISHING -- Sockeye salmon are surging into the Columbia River in record numbers, and that has fisheries biologists scratching their heads. Their forecast for this year is less than a fifth of last year's return. "Will this year’s actual return beat the preseason forecast?" ponders...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016

Tyler Barrong of Spokane lands a 34.25-inch fall Chinook while salmon fishing near the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers on Sept. 16, 2014.    (Shawn Barrong)

Snake River fall chinook delisting denied

FISHING -- Not yet. 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. The decision made public Thursday by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries cites...

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SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016

FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016


TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2016

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2015

This is a picture taken by William S. Russell for the Bureau of Reclamation in 1941 of the traditional Chiefs of the Colville Indian Reservation. This is some of the final steps to completing the Grand Coulee Dam. These chiefs gathered before this structure to witness the finishing of the dam. The photo is held at the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation History and Archeology Program. It is also held at the WSU and University of Washington photo archives.

Salmon above Grand Coulee Dam? Another step taken 

FISHING -- The idea of reintroducing salmon runs upstream from Grand Coulee Dam moved ahead a notch last week as the Northwest Power and Conservation Council sent a proposal for evaluating upriver habitat to the Independent Science Review Panel. Is it possible to restore the...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015

FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2015

TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2015

MONDAY, OCT. 5, 2015

About 150 boats participated in the Free the Snake protest at Lower Granite Dam on Oct. 3, 2015.  (Ben Moon)

Free the Snake event lures flotilla to protest dams 13 

RIVERS -- About 300 paddlers and supporters advocated removal of the lower four dams on the Snake River on Saturday with a peaceful Free the Snake protest that staged near Lower Granite Dam. The conservationists converged on the lower Snake to protest what they call four "do-nothing...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2015

THURSDAY, SEPT. 24, 2015

TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2015

THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2015

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