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Snake River debris restricting boaters, killing some fish at dams

RIVERS – Unusually large amounts of woody debris flushed out of the tributaries continues to clog the Snake River behind its dams causing problems for boaters and death to some salmon and steelhead. Last week, boaters in the Lewiston area couldn't safely launch on the...

Spirit Lake chinook study needs anglers’ help

Anglers in North Idaho who catch chinook in Spirit Lake can help fisheries researchers by dropping off a tissue sample at drop boxes being installed at one or more boat access points.

Avista begins project to remove carp from Lake Spokane

FISHERIES -- A two-week project to remove non-native carp from Lake Spokane is starting today, Avista officials say. "Avista is partnering with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the University of Idaho to remove carp from shallow and weedy areas in Lake Spokane,"...

Feds weigh petition asking for whale protection zone

The federal government is considering whether it should set up an area off Washington’s San Juan Island where endangered killer whales would be protected from motorboats and other disturbances.

Bald eagle count doubles in a week at Lake CdA

WILDIFE WATCHING -- The number of bald eagles arriving for the annual congregation at Lake Coeur d'Alene has more than doubled in a week. The big birds are homing in on the feast of spawning kokanee -- the biggest fish run in 20 years...

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 to the ocean, according to a proposed recovery plan released Thursday by the federal government.

Recreational dam builders block fish passage

HIKING -- Every hiker can enjoy a dip in a cool stream on a hot day, but remember, fish need cool water more than we do. Building dams out of rocks and logs to form a swimming hole technically is illegal on streams, and the...

Snake River sockeye get cooler reception

FISHING -- Water managers have started releasing more cold water from a reservoir in northern Idaho for endangered Snake River sockeye salmon following a year where lethally hot water killed 99 percent of the run. The decision late last week to bump up the amount...

Grotesque salmon raise eyebrows in Idaho

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...