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Environment concerns add new species to U.S. overfished list

The federal government is adding several stocks of fish to its list of overfished species, including a pair of salmon that is popular with seafood fans.


Idaho fisheries forecast poor for chinook salmon season

An early forecast by fisheries managers in Idaho suggests a poor outlook for the upcoming chinook salmon season. The Lewiston Tribune reports a group of federal, state and tribal fisheries …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019

Idaho fisheries forecast poor for chinook salmon season

An early forecast by fisheries managers in Idaho suggests a poor outlook for the upcoming chinook salmon season. The Lewiston Tribune reports a group of federal, state and tribal fisheries …


‘The damage is already done’: Anglers celebrate revival of steelhead season, but say economic impacts will likely remain for fishing guides and tourism

Those who would have been affected by the closure of the steelhead fishery in Idaho came together Sunday to celebrate an agreement reached Friday that will leave most areas in …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018

Agreement staves off steelhead season closure

Idaho’s steelhead season won’t close as scheduled Saturday.


Lake Spokane carp removal project wraps up gillnets for season

A total of 1,119 carp were removed from Lake Spokane during two weeks of gillnetting to hone techniques for reducing numbers of the bottom-feeding fish and improve water quality in …


Recreational dam builders blocking critical fish movements

Piling rocks across a small stream on a hot day to create a private forest wading pool may seem harmless to hikers and campers, but fish have a different point …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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, …


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, …


441-foot-long megaloads bound for Montana through CdA

At the east end of Coeur d’Alene, bald eagles swoop and dive over the lake as excited onlookers snap pictures or watch with spotting scopes, and others stroll by on …


Lake trout impact elk calves

Fewer cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake could be part of the reason that elk herds migrating out of the park are declining. Two recently published studies conducted in Yellowstone National …


Landers: Efforts underway to remove northern pike

Gillnets have removed about 4,000 northern pike from the Box Canyon Reservoir portion of the Pend Oreille River in the second season of efforts to suppress the non-native species and …


Landers: Efforts underway to remove northern pike

Gillnets have removed about 4,000 northern pike from the Box Canyon Reservoir portion of the Pend Oreille River in the second season of efforts to suppress the non-native species and …


Boundary Dam relicensing will boost recreation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved a new 42-year license for Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River north of Metaline Falls. Built in 1967, Boundary is the …


Feeding the river

Two major Bonneville Power Administration projects are tending to the welfare of Kootenai River fisheries, which have been starved for more than attention since Libby Dam went online in 1972. …


Kootenai River’s fishery ailing in Montana

Trout in Montana’s stretch of the Kootenai River have fared much better than fish farther downstream in Idaho since Libby Dam went online in 1972. Trout populations in the river …


Free-flowing Elwha rallies fish

PORT ANGELES – Scientists knew oceangoing fish would eventually return to the Elwha River on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, once two massive concrete dams were torn down. They just didn’t …


Idaho trout studied, too

Fisheries research is being conducted on several species in North Idaho, including studies on rainbow trout that may help fish mangers adjust stocking schedules to give anglers the most bang …


Fish runs rebounding, but still threatened

A state fisheries biologist says Snake River salmon and steelhead runs have rebounded but haven’t yet reached numbers where they can be considered out of danger.


Idaho hatchery officials kill thousands of steelhead

Federal fish managers say they opted to kill tens of thousands of juvenile steelhead after finding a potentially deadly virus in two holding ponds at the Dworshak National Fish Hatchery.


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 …


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 …