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Idaho sockeye running with big Columbia fish surge

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials say the state could see higher numbers of endangered Snake River sockeye salmon returning this year.


Suit seeks more water for salmon

Conservation and fishermen’s groups are suing the Washington State Department of Ecology to allow more water over dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers to protect salmon and steelhead.


Arrival of spring salmon has cooks fired up

Spring salmon season has arrived and with it, the sticker shock over the price of those first fish from the Copper River in Alaska. Paying upwards of $20 a pound …


Columbia River chinook run going strong

YAKIMA – Chance Fiander breaks into a sprint across the Columbia River’s rocky bank, pulls a fishing pole from its holder and gives it a good yank. Moments later, he …


Spokane Valley-reared fishing guide in love with Alaska

When Tom Belknap was growing up, two things ruled his life: a love of fishing and an expectation that he’d grow up to become a dentist in the Spokane Valley, …


$40M salmon hatchery planned at Chief Joseph Dam

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council approved plans Wednesday for a salmon hatchery at the Chief Joseph Dam to help rebuild chinook runs in the upper Columbia River watershed.


Springers surge to Yakima

The first fish arrived Wednesday for a spring chinook season that opened Saturday on portions of the Yakima River. A good run of salmon progressing up the Columbia system should …


Ocean salmon seasons set

Anglers are getting plenty of encouragement for planning summer salmon fishing trips to the Washington coast. The fishing will kick off earlier than in recent years with a June 12-30 …


Field reports: Elk Foundation boosts state habitat

CONSERVATION – Wildlife conservation projects in 17 Washington counties have been selected to receive grants totaling $186,270 from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation this year. Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, …


Alaskan waters lure Colville family as timber jobs wane

Spokane got a chance to taste the difference in Ken DesRosiers’ lifestyle Friday night after his first catch of the season was air-expressed from Alaska. Portions from the two bright, …


Chinook news good

Spring chinook salmon have started their run up the Columbia and Snake river systems in what could be the biggest numbers since 1938. Or maybe not quite that big.


Learn skills to bike in traffic

OUTPEDAL – Bicycle commuters can put skill and safety on their side by enrolling in one of the upcoming “Smart Cycling, Traffic Skills 101” courses, created by the League of …


Chinook season to open April 24

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved a plan to open the spring chinook salmon harvest on the Clearwater, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers late next month.


Idaho likely to get huge share of springers

Spring chinook salmon are poised for a repeat of 2001, the recent high-water mark for salmon fishing in Idaho. Fisheries managers in Idaho are predicting a return of 180,000 spring …


Biologists cheer return of coho to Columbia

YAKIMA – Fisheries biologists in the Pacific Northwest are cheering a record return of coho salmon this year to the upper and middle Columbia River basin, where the fish were …


Out & About

Salmon warning served in Seattle OUTCRY – Seattle diners who ordered salmon at more than a dozen restaurants last week got their meal with a message: a warning that the …


Columbia River salmon judge presses for resolution

A federal judge in Portland says he wants an end soon to 15 years of litigation over imperiled salmon and dams in the Columbia River system.


Poachers caught fishing near hatchery

Three Kennewick men caught fishing in closed waters have been charged in Franklin County District Court on several counts involving theft of salmon and steelhead from a state fish hatchery …


Utility agrees to removal of 4 Klamath River dams

In a major boost for dwindling salmon stocks, a utility company has agreed to the removal of four hydroelectric dams that for decades have blocked fish migrations on one of …


Salmon plan has breach provision

WASHINGTON – In a case closely followed by environmental and business interests, a rewritten plan for restoring endangered and threatened wild salmon runs on the Columbia and Snake rivers in …


Salmon plan boosts protection, administration says

The Obama administration says it will be more aggressive in protecting declining Pacific Northwest salmon runs and will study breaching some dams as a last resort in a long-awaited management …


Heat bares ice at Mount Rainier

CLIMBING – An unusually early-summer snowmelt created hazards on the Muir Snowfield at Mount Rainier starting in August. Exposed bare glacier ice and crevasses have complicated travel on this route …


Salmon pour into region

It is game on right now for an estimated 5.1 million pink salmon that are flooding into Puget Sound. “The pinks are as thick as fleas, and there are clearly …


Out & About

Even ‘play dams’ are bad for fish OUTLAW – Rock dams built by kids and campers to create swimming areas in streams can be a death trap to migrating fish.


Fishery managers predict big fall chinook run

Idaho fishery managers expect more than 28,000 fall chinook to cross Lower Granite Dam in neighboring eastern Washington on their return from the Pacific Ocean, which would make it the …


Sockeye reach Stanley Basin

The first two sockeye salmon of the season completed the marathon journey from the Pacific Ocean, up the Columbia and Snake rivers to Little Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Stanley Basin …


NOAA granted another month for salmon plan

PORTLAND — A federal judge Monday gave the Obama administration another month before saying where it stands on the Bush administration’s strategy for balancing endangered salmon against federal hydroelectric power …


Economy had snag for area fishing icon

How bad has the economy been? Northwest fishing icon Buzz Ramsey has been out of work since January, but he leverages his fishing allowance by using “poor man’s ramps,” as …


McDermott calls for review of salmon recovery

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott has called for a scientific analysis of the federal government’s Northwest salmon recovery effort, saying that most wild stocks remain at dangerously low levels despite the …


Sockeye season opening at Lake Wenatchee

Special fishing season authorized so anglers can harvest some of more than 23,000 sockeye salmon headed into this central Washington lake.