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Steelhead fishery closure on Clearwater and Snake rivers will take economic toll

Evelyn Kaide doesn’t know what to tell people, or even what to think, about the unprecedented state of B-run steelhead that return to the Clearwater River.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Idaho to close all steelhead fishing on Clearwater River and part of Snake

A bad year for anglers got even worse Friday, when the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted to close steelhead fishing in the Clearwater River basin and on a short …


Clearwater River could see fall chinook fishing, if Idaho is awarded permits

The Clearwater River could see a fall chinook fishery in the coming months, and Idaho Fish and Game officials want public input to help shape its structure.


Chinook salmon fishing in Clearwater River basin closed

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game closed chinook salmon fishing in the Clearwater River basin because of low returns of adult chinook.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018

Idaho steelhead fishing to remain open on most rivers

Idaho wildlife officials have approved an agreement with conservation groups and sport anglers to keep most steelhead fishing areas open.


Repairing Lewiston water system will cost about $42 million

The city of Lewiston unveiled a hefty $42 million price tag Monday for fixing all of its aging water system, from the intake on the Clearwater River to the nearby …


Agencies find issues with some miners working on Clearwater River

Federal and state officials say some suction dredge miners seeking gold on the South Fork of the Clearwater River in north-central Idaho aren’t adhering to state and federal rules.


Clearwater steelhead project seeks public donations

Steelhead enthusiasts have until Sunday to donate and boost a juvenile steelhead research project on tributaries to the Clearwater River.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Idaho agency to vote on opening catch-and-keep season

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is set to vote on a proposal to allow catch-and-keep steelhead fisheries on the Snake, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers and on the Clearwater …


Coho season set; steelhead harvest tabled

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners approved a coho fishing season but delayed a hot-topic decision on restoring steelhead harvest seasons during a telephone meeting Monday.


Dworshak Dam apparently under control

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said only a fraction of the 290 gallons of light oil spilled at Dworshak Dam this week reached the North Fork …


Landslide leaves Elk City isolated

A landslide that slammed across State Highway 14 and pushed debris Thursday afternoon into the South Fork of the Clearwater River has left the already-remote Elk City isolated from the …


River dredging lawsuit thrown out by judge

A federal judge in Seattle has ruled in favor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and barging advocates in a case that involved dredging on the Snake and Clearwater …


Landers: Fishing guide Jim McCarthy leads clients into fray of B-run steelhead

“My biggest day was three anglers with 60 fish,” Idaho guide Jim McCarthy said last week. The number 60 is more typically equated with, say, jigging for 10-inch panfish, or …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Miss Maud DeLaney was a former Spokane laundry worker turned “girl pioneer.”


Outdoors notes: biologist catches Idaho record coho

Idaho’s first specific coho fishing season opened Friday on the Clearwater River and before the weekend was over, the state had a new record for coho salmon. Ethan Crawford caught …


Landers: Catches are only getting bigger

The nice thing about fishing in the lower Clearwater River this time of year is that the fish you catch are either big or bigger. Steelhead have been attracting anglers …


Cautious handling a must during catch- and-release steelhead fishing

If there’s a consensus about anything in Northwest fishing circles it’s that steelhead and salmon deserve the highest respect. Their migrations up and down natal streams and survival in the …


Wild fall chinook almost ready for mainstream

Fisheries biologists say the recent surge in fall chinook returning to the Snake River is exciting, incredible and nothing short of amazing. The numbers are so high that some people …


B-Run blues affect steelhead fishing derby

The Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby will be held Nov. 23-30 despite the closure of a large section of the Clearwater River to harvest of steelhead more than 28 inches long. …


Steelhead counts down but salmon numbers up in Snake River

The annual return of A-run steelhead to the Snake River and its tributaries, normally the most reliable of Idaho’s anadromous fish runs, won’t tickle the record books this year. Just …


Tribe megaload protest still on

The chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee said Wednesday that blockade efforts will continue to slow passage of a 322-ton megaload truck carrying oil refinery equipment through its …


Steelhead run better, but still not stellar

Steelhead anglers in the Washington-Idaho regions of the Snake River can expect decent fishing this season, although the early forecasts are a mixed bag. Fisheries managers are predicting a return …


New steelheading book a matter of facts

A wise angler will shut up and listen to anyone with 30 years of steelhead fishing experience. In the case of Dan Magers, steelheaders should go further, forking over $25 …


Landers: new steelheading book a matter of facts

A wise angler will shut up and listen to anyone with 30 years of steelhead fishing experience.


Snake steelhead derby extends borders, includes holiday

By popular demand, the annual Kendall Subaru Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby will be held Saturday through Nov. 24 to allow anglers to take advantage of a national holiday – Thanksgiving. …


Field reports: Steelheading to open on Upper Columbia

FISHING – Fishing for hatchery steelhead will open Tuesday on the mainstem upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Methow and Okanogan rivers, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday. …


Warm water stalls Snake steelhead

Warm water temperatures in the lower Snake River have put the brakes on the summer steelhead run. “The fish aren’t entering the Snake River,” said Alan Byrne, a fisheries biologist …


Steelhead entering Idaho

Steelhead are making their way up the Snake River, a bit later than last year. A few anglers have started to fish for the sea-run trout in Idaho’s Clearwater River, …


Landers: Single salmonfly offers nostalgic fishing dream

He couldn’t have been more excited if a whopper brown trout had just swirled on his Stimulator. Spokesman-Review colleague Jim Kershner stormed into the office the other day gushing about …