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FISHERIES -- A pilot project to study use of gillnets and electroshocking to remove carp from Lake Spokane has been called off after just a few days. The carp aren't making themselves available in sufficient numbers and the crews from Avista and the Washington Department...
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 federal government has finalized a West Coast ban on new commercial fishing for forage fish, the small fish that bigger fish, seabirds and marine mammals depend on for food.
Tyler McCroskey, a part-time fly-fishing guide, smiled as he delivered the unsettling briefing to the 20 anglers he’d invited to float the upper Spokane River. “I have my fisheries scientist hat on today, so you can’t lie about the size of your fish,” he said, clarifying the main difference between fishing for fun and fishing for research.
With the unusually warm river temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers right now – as much as 6 degrees warmer than usual – Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists took the unusual step of capturing migrating adult sockeye salmon in a trap at...
FISHING -- Salmon and power production are topics up for discussion as the Northwest Power and Conservation Council meets Tuesday and Wednesday in at the Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane. On the meeting agenda is a presentation by Upper Columbia United Tribes on proposals to...
Drought and record hot weather are producing lethal conditions for salmon and trout in rivers across the West. A recent survey released Wednesday of the lower reaches of 54 rivers in Oregon, California and Washington by the Wild Fish Conservancy showed nearly three-quarters had temperatures higher than 70 degrees, considered potentially deadly for salmon and trout.
No one has influenced so many facets of Inland Northwest fisheries as Allan Scholz during his 35 years at Eastern Washington University. The 67-year-old biology professor is transitioning into retirement, leaving a legacy that would rival Mark Few if fisheries science were a ball sport featured on ESPN.
Nearly 2,000 people wrote to the Washington Department of Ecology when the agency was developing flow rules for the Spokane River last fall. Some discussed how Spokane’s urban river looked with varying amounts of water rushing through the channel. Many described the experience of boating, rafting or kayaking on the river at different rates of flow. But the majority also mentioned the river’s native redband trout population.
Tribal and state fisheries researchers landed a big incentive this fall to continue their work on reviving white sturgeon numbers in the Columbia River upstream from Kettle Falls. A sturgeon, 9 feet long and weighing 507 pounds, was captured and released by Colville Confederated Tribes fisheries staff in September near Northport.
Reports that fishing is dead in the Pend Oreille River are greatly exaggerated. Despite the recent assault on northern pike, the toothy predators are still there in low numbers, and probably always will be.
Conservation groups and fishing interests have challenged the federal government’s latest plan for making Columbia River dams safe for salmon runs. The complaint was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland against NOAA Fisheries Service, which oversees salmon protection, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operate the dams.
Billy Frank Jr. once told a biographer that when he died, he wanted to be remembered as a fisherman. Leaving it at that for Frank, who died Monday at 83, would be like saying Rosa Parks should be remembered as a mass transit patron.