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Kelt program aims to rehabilitate valuable repeat steehead spawners in the Snake River

The Nez Perce Tribe and Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission released 37 wild steelhead into the Snake River below Lower Granite Dam near here Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Low steelhead numbers prompt federal review

The steep decline of threatened Snake River steelhead over the past five years has triggered a review under an adaptive management provision of the federal government’s plan to protect the …


Conflicting chinook seasons on Snake put Washington, Idaho goals at odds

Later this month, the states of Idaho and Washington are set to have conflicting fall chinook fishing regulations on the Snake River, a rare occurrence that is contrary to goals …


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Helicopter crash puzzles authorities as occupants left scene, won’t talk

The Asotin County Sheriff’s Office is puzzled by a Saturday night helicopter crash in the Snake River because the occupants left the scene immediately and won’t tell law enforcement how …


Steelhead run lagging behind forecast

The return of steelhead to the Snake River and its tributaries continues to fall short of what was an already low preseason forecast.


Danielle Cloutier and Christy Plumer: Time to breach the salmon stalemate

If all stakeholders would work together, just imagine the economic benefit and cultural resurgence the Pacific Northwest would experience if we return to the wild salmon and steelhead populations of …


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019

Barbless hooks still required for Snake River

Washington’s move to allow barbed hooks in much of the Columbia River Basin will not include the Snake River or its tributaries.


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019

Remains of Idaho woman missing since April 2018 discovered in Snake River

The remains of a Grangeville woman missing since April 2018 were found Sunday in the Snake River near Buffalo Eddy in Idaho County.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019

Washington OKs money to study impacts of breaching Lower Snake River dams

Washington will lead an as-yet undefined process exploring how to help farmers, shippers, utilities and others if the four lower Snake River dams were removed to help recover threatened chinook …


State allocates $750K to study removal of Snake River dams

The state budget approved this week includes $750,000 to study the impacts of the possible breaching of four Snake River dams to help salmon recovery.


Congressman Mike Simpson says he’s determined to see fish runs recovered in his lifetime

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson flirted with backing the removal of the four lower Snake River dams during a conference here on salmon recovery Tuesday.


Meager numbers of returning chinook has state fishery managers wary

Spring chinook managers and anglers find themselves in a familiar position, wondering if the meager counts of fish passing Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River signal a late run, a …


Lots of winter snow means great summer flows on rivers throughout Idaho

A solid snowpack in Idaho has river guides hoping for a good 2019 season.


Idaho’s Henry’s Fork Foundation grows into respected, emulated organization after 35 years

In 1984 a few concerned anglers, worried about the decline of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River caused by unrestricted cattle grazing along its banks, gathered at a cabin …


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 …


Federal program pays $1.4 million to pikeminnow anglers

Federal officials say a program that pays anglers to catch a predator that eats young salmon and steelhead resulted in more than 180,000 northern pikeminnows being caught and killed in …


Salmon deal to add more spillage at region’s dams

A short-term agreement over fish passage operations at Snake and Columbia river dams could help researchers determine whether spilling more water there can significantly boost survival of juvenile salmon and …


Changes to dams on Columbia, Snake rivers to benefit salmon, hydropower and orcas

After decades of arguments and court challenges, a landmark agreement supported by states, tribes and federal agencies is expected to change how water is spilled at Columbia and Lower Snake …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018

Under threat of lawsuit, Idaho temporarily closes spring steelhead fishing statewide

Under threat of a lawsuit, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to temporarily suspend steelhead fishing on the Snake River, Salmon River and other waterways throughout the …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018

Idaho transportation workers find 2 explosives under bridge

Idaho construction contractors ran into something scary on Halloween as they conducted maintenance repairs on the Idaho 45 bridge over the Snake River: two unexploded military ordnances.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018

Steelhead forecast downgraded again

There is good and bad news associated with the latest update of projected steelhead returns to the Columbia and Snake rivers.


Feds focused on single rancher dispute despite efforts to solve similar land use issues

A rancher caught up in a legal dispute over a strip of public land next to the Snake River is trying to solve the same issue with several other ranchers …


More than 600 turn out for Snake River protest Saturday

On Saturday, roughly 600 joined in the annual Free the Snake Flotilla, a protest of the four lower Snake River Dams.


New trial rejected for Idaho man convicted of killing wife

The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling rejecting a request for a new trial by a man convicted of killing his estranged wife and covering up her …


States slash steelhead bag limits

Responding to poor steelhead numbers, Idaho, Washington and Oregon have slashed daily bag limits on the Snake River and its tributaries.


Body of missing Lewiston woman recovered from Snake River

The body of a 19-year-old northern Idaho woman has been recovered from the Snake River.


Sockeye run’s return to Idaho is on par so far

Idaho’s imperiled Snake River sockeye run has nearly matched last year’s return but hasn’t paralleled the surprising performance of sockeye that return to the upper Columbia River Basin.


All connected: a mother’s grief, starving orcas, dams, PCBs and Spokane

A grieving orca mother pushing her dead child. Her pod mate slowly starving. Spokane-area activists and environmentalists say the drama highlights the political and biological connections between the Columbia River …