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Researchers track Roosevelt’s kokanee, sturgeon and walleyes

Anglers aren’t the only people stalking fish in Lake Roosevelt. Researchers have several projects under way in the 130-mile-long reservoir using radio telemetry to plot movements of kokanee, walleye and sturgeon. Walleyes have been followed as they hunker nearly 100 feet deep near the reservoir bottom during the day before rising to within 5 feet of the surface during night.

Salmon fishing on the Colville reservation

The Confederated Colville tribes are close to building a new salmon hatchery on the Columbia River near the Chief Joseph Dam. Salmon are an important food source and cultural icon for the tribes of the Colville reservation. The Colville tribes are actively fishing the Columbia to feed their members, but they only keep hatchery fish and return the wild fish to the river to spawn.

Appeals court upholds salmon hatchery policy

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A federal appeals court Monday upheld the federal government’s discretion to use salmon raised in hatcheries to bolster wild runs, but not as a substitute that would lift Endangered Species Act protections. The ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco included the last of a series of lawsuits on behalf of a coalition of builders, farmers and property rights advocates to remove restrictions on development and agriculture that protect salmon.

Field Reports: Lake PDO Fishery update

A public program on the status of Lake Pend Oreille fisheries recovery efforts and the latest research data will be presented by Idaho Fish and Game Department officials and biologists on Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., at the Sandpoint Community Center. Since 2000, researchers have employed a variety of tactics in an attempt to stabilize and bring back declining kokanee, a popular sport fishery that also has provided the forage base for the lake’s trophy fisheries.