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Idaho river group wants dam breaching on the table

Members of the Idaho River Community Alliance recently made a desperate plea to Idaho Gov. Brad Little and members of the state’s congressional delegation to consider all alternatives, including dam …


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.


Idaho steelhead derby called off, perhaps permanently

Count the annual Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby among the casualties of declining steelhead runs over the past four years.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 3:38 p.m.

Columbia River closed to salmon and steelhead fishing

Most of the Columbia River will close to all recreational salmon and steelhead fishing, with the exception of the Hanford Reach.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 4:45 p.m.

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 …


Steelhead forecast grows more grim

A group of state, tribal and federal salmon managers has downgraded the expected return of steelhead to the Columbia and Snake rivers for a second week in a row.


Fall chinook permits issued to Idaho, Oregon and Washington, allowing for additional harvest of unclipped fish

Fall chinook season is now open on the Clearwater River and its North Fork, and anglers have the option of harvesting unclipped fall chinook in Idaho and parts of Washington.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019, 6:32 p.m.

With A-run steelhead not living up to predictions, fish managers downgrade forecast

Fisheries managers have downgraded their forecast for the return of steelhead to the Snake and Columbia rivers.


Idaho Fish and Game commissioners to vote on proposals for chinook, steelhead angling when they meet Thursday in Nampa

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners are scheduled to vote on a proposal to open a fall chinook fishing season on the Clearwater River during their meeting Thursday at Nampa.


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 …


Idaho steelhead forecast remains poor

Steelhead anglers and fans of the fish hoping for better returns this year, especially for the large B-run fish, may want to lower their expectations.


Fishing fans sought to help study fishing’s effect on Idaho’s wild steelhead

Steelhead anglers are being enlisted to help researchers at the University of Idaho and Idaho Department of Fish and Game measure angling effects on wild steelhead, and in some cases …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

Idaho workgroup starts efforts on salmon, steelhead recovery

Idaho Gov. Brad Little says a salmon and steelhead recovery workgroup he formed should focus on achievable goals that can bolster the state’s struggling fish populations. Little on Friday also …


Bye bye barbless? Anglers in Washington could soon have the choice to fish with barbed hooks while pursuing salmon, steelhead

Anglers in Washington could soon have the choice to fish with barbed hooks while pursuing salmon, steelhead and other species in much of the Columbia River Basin.


Studies: Done right, catch and release isn’t lethal

Separate inquiries find exposure of fish to air after being landed has little impact on their survival and reproductive odds.


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 2:39 p.m.

Idaho gets steelhead permit from federal government

Idaho received its long-awaited steelhead fishery permit from the federal government Friday, ending months of uncertainty over the future of the ongoing steelhead season.


Idaho will study wild steelhead

In an effort to get a better picture of how wild steelhead are affected by fishing, the University of Idaho and Idaho Department of Fish and Game will enlist the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 1:19 p.m.

Steelhead permit writers scrambling to make up time

Permit writers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are hopeful they can meet a March 15 deadline to complete Idaho’s steelhead fishery permit, but an agency spokesman said the …


Government shutdown threaten’s Idaho’s hatchery-based steelhead season

In a frantic letter to Gov. Brad Little, the Idaho Conservation League calls attention to the federal government shutdown threatening Idaho’s ability to keep hatchery-based steelhead season open.


Hatchery steelhead didn’t affect wild winters on Clackamas River, scientist say

A research study published this past weekend by the American Fisheries Society will almost certainly heat up the hatchery vs. wild debate about steelhead.


‘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, 9:07 p.m.

Agreement staves off steelhead season closure

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


After Idaho steelhead closure anglers, outfitters and businesspeople find themselves at odds with their usual conservation allies

There was a time when businesses in Riggins proudly displayed small signs in their storefront windows proclaiming “Salmon Mean Business.”


Gatherings set to protest steelhead season closure

Steelhead fishing outfitters, guides and anglers from the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and Clearwater Valley have formed a Clearwater chapter of the Idaho River Community Alliance and are planning a protest and …


Suspension of steelhead season spawns unease

A crowd of more than 80 people at a Riggins community meeting over the looming closure of the steelhead fishing season in Idaho heard mostly bad news Tuesday night.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 10:13 p.m.

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 …


Columbia River salmon, steelhead fisheries reopen Jan. 1

Salmon and steelhead angling will remain closed from Buoy 10 to Hwy. 395 at Pasco through Dec. 31 on the Columbia River. Most tributaries remain open for salmon and steelhead …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 13

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 13