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Landers: Canoeists paddle way of Columbia salmon

Among the scientists and officials at the Lake Roosevelt Forum’s 2013 Conference this week were three young men with notably strong arms. Agency and tribal representatives convened at the Davenport …


U.S., Canada clash over Columbia River Treaty agendas

Vast mudflats appear in British Columbia’s Lake Koocanusa when the reservoir is lowered to protect U.S. communities from flooding. Houseboats moored on the reservoir get mired in the muck. And …


Anglers tapping record run of king salmon this season

Four lucky anglers found their way to the Ringold Springs boat launch in the pre-dawn darkness last week and used flashlights to find their fishing guide. They’d booked a salmon …


Landers: Chinook too young to be mammoth

Two hot fishing topics emerged this week: • Where are the behemoths in the Columbia River’s record run of chinook salmon?


Out & About: Record salmon run threat to dogs

OUTFISH – For dog owners, there is a downside to this year’s record-breaking return of fall chinook in the Snake River basin. Anglers are catching many of those fish and …


Treaty renewal chance to reopen salmon passages

Salmon runs to the Upper Columbia River and its tributaries went extinct in the 1930s when Grand Coulee Dam was built without fish ladders. Now it’s time to investigate salmon …


Tonight’s INCA After Dark set to serve up salmon ceviche

Learn new ways to cook the Pacific Northwest’s most famous fish at INCA After Dark tonight. On the menu: salmon ceviche with mango, lime and cilantro; steamed salmon en papillote …


Columbia River canoe trips unite students, heritage

Students from the Wellpinit School District paddled a canoe they carved themselves up the Spokane River last week to the foot of Little Falls Dam, reflecting on changes to the …


Field reports: Fall chinook run sets record

FISHING – It’s not a run of fall chinook salmon coming up the Columbia River this season. It’s a stampede. On Friday, the 2013 run topped the record since counting …


Field reports: Canoeists on path of Columbia salmon

RIVERS – An expedition of canoeists and Native American students is leading an upstream effort advocating construction of a fish ladder at Grand Coulee Dam to reintroduce chinook salmon runs …


Father, son steelheaders have method to their madness

In a quote often attributed to Albert Einstein, it’s said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By that standard, you might …


Drop in barge use may factor into dam debate

SEATTLE – Four dams on the Lower Snake River essentially managed to turn Lewiston, Idaho, into a port city about 400 miles inland. But some farmers shipping their wheat to …


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.