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Carp won’t cooperate with gillnetting attempt at Lake Spokane

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...

Graduate student focuses study on smallmouth bass

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.

Unusually warm Northwest rivers pose problems for endangered fish

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...

Tribes to address Northwest Power Council at Spokane meeting

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 puts Western fisheries in hot water

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.

Spokane River’s flow model challenged

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.

Study tries to boost young sturgeon in upper Columbia

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.

Columbia River salmon plan challenged

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., who sparked the Boldt Decision, mourned today

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.