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Out & About: Program, book examine Elwha River restoration

OUTBACK – The author of “ Elwha: A River Reborn“ will be in Spokane on Tuesday for a free presentation on the people, places, fish and history behind the world’s …


Yakamas celebrate return of sockeye

SALMON LA SAC, Wash. – Yakama Nation biologists released thousands of sockeye salmon into a Central Washington lake over the past four summers to restore fish runs that were decimated …


Colvilles celebrate $50 million hatchery

BRIDGEPORT, Wash. – Cheers went up when Colville tribal fisherman Mylan Williams hauled a 20-pound chinook out of the Columbia River with a dip net. Then hats came off in …


Field reports: Sockeye fishing opens on upper Columbia

FISHING – Sockeye will be fair game in the upper Columbia River and a portion of the Okanogan starting Monday. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says salmon anglers …


Columbia hatchery opening set for today

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will celebrate the opening of a $50 million salmon hatchery today on the Columbia River. The Chief Joseph Hatchery will raise chinook salmon …


Field Reports: Montana curbs increase of wolves

PREDATORS – Montana wildlife officials say hunting and other measures have turned the tide on the growth of gray wolf populations increasing since the 1900s. At least 625 wolves inhabited …


Out & About: Record fall chinook run forecast for Hanford Reach

OUTRUN – A potential record run of fall chinook salmon is forecast for the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. The preliminary estimate released by the Washington Department of Fish …


East Side anglers lobby for higher Snake River chinook quotas

Often shorted their share of spring chinook, anglers east of the Cascades want a dialog with Washington, Oregon and Idaho during 2013 leading to a better fishery in the Snake …


Study: Salmon get home using Earth’s magnetic field

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Salmon have long been known to use their sense of smell to find their home river when it comes time to spawn, but how do they …


Barbless hooks required on Columbia

Washington officials have had an itch for years to shift to barbless hooks for salmon and steelhead sport fishing in the Columbia River. It’s been proposed — then postponed because …


Field reports: Expectations lower for spring chinook

FISHING – A spring chinook run of 141,400 – the poorest in six years – is forecast to enter the Columbia River, destined for upstream of Bonneville Dam, according to …


Restoring sockeye salmon a big task

REDFISH LAKE CREEK, Idaho – A vermilion slash in clear, cold water, the Snake River sockeye in this mountain stream is one of nature’s long-distance athletes, traveling at least 900 …


Field reports: Kokanee fishing to reopen at Lake PO

FISHING – For the first time since 1999, anglers will be allowed to harvest kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille starting in 2013 under fishing regulations adopted Thursday by the Idaho …


Study shows positive results for hatchery-raised salmon

A new study shows that salmon raised in a Nez Perce Tribe hatchery are spawning as successfully in the wild as wild salmon. Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Program Manager Dave …


Sides react to drastic changes to Columbia River fisheries

At times, change has come to Columbia River fisheries at a glacial pace. But the restructuring of the lower Columbia commercial and sport fisheries under way is more like an …


Commerce secretary declares Alaska salmon disaster

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — King salmon fisheries in major Alaska watersheds have been declared failures by the U.S. Department of Commerce, making commercial fishermen eligible for disaster relief.


Field reports: Fish weir installed on Okanogan River

FISH – A temporary picket-style salmon weir recently has been installed on the Okanogan River about 15 miles upstream from its confluence with the Columbia River near Brewster, the Colville …


Residents keep track of interaction with river

Huckleberries, venison and salmon. Bitterroot and willowbark.


Yakama tribe reviving another run of sockeye

In its fourth year of a program to reintroduce sockeye salmon to the Yakima River Basin, the Yakama Nation has been collecting thousands of adult fish for release in a …


Tribes discuss climate change

WASHINGTON – Quinault Tribal President Fawn Sharp recalls how her heart sank as she looked from a helicopter over the Olympic Mountains glacier that once fed the river carrying the …


Dam treaty to be revisited

Nearly 50 years ago, Canada and the United States shook hands over a groundbreaking accord that altered life in the Northwest. The Columbia River Treaty turned the 1,200-mile-long river and …


Tribes: Fishing rights at risk

SEATTLE – More than 150 years ago, American Indian tribes in Western Washington ceded much of the state to the federal government in return for guarantees of salmon and other …


Field reports: King salmon crisis closes Alaska season

FISHING – It’s a bad year for that salmon fishing dream trip to some portions of Alaska. Record low king runs have forced the Alaska Department of Fish and Game …


Huge salmon runs forecast for summer

Although forecasts for the 2012 spring chinook salmon run turned out to be overly optimistic, Northwest fish managers are projecting a large return of summer chinook to the Columbia River …


Low standards for water put fish eaters at heightened risk

Washington residents eat more fish than the national average – probably no surprise for a state whose borders include the Pacific Ocean and the lower Columbia River. From salmon and …


Field reports: Hundreds of bald eagles wintered in Oregon

WILDLIFE – The Oregon Wildlife Commission took bald eagles off the state endangered species list recently, five years after the big birds were removed from the federal list. In 1963, …


Chinook salmon run on Klamath River expected to be huge

The once-legendary salmon streams of the Pacific Northwest have been battling steep declines in the celebrated fish for years, and nowhere has the challenge been tougher than on the Klamath …


2011: Fish flourish in area waters

Fish generally thrived in an abundance of water flooding the region in 2011. Although anglers lost a full month of the fishing season to high water on rivers such as …


Field reports: State Parks staff to be cut 30 percent

PUBLIC LANDS – Nearly a third of Washington’s year-round state parks staffers are being notified this week they likely will be laid off as a result of lagging sales of …


Landers: Steelhead keep fishermen guessing

Steelhead anglers are scratching their heads along the Snake River system. The fish run is slightly below average this year.