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As Spring Chinook Passage Picks Up At Bonneville Dam, So Do Sea Lion Numbers, Salmon Mortality
Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 (PST)
The number of sea lions at Bonneville Dam continues to rise as does the number of salmon and steelhead the predators eat. Read More...  

Oregon Commission Hears Review Of Fishing Reforms Banning Lower Columbia Gillnetters From Mainstem
Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 (PST)
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission at its March meeting reviewed fishery harvest reforms on the Columbia River that effectively remove commercial gillnetters from the mainstem river by 2017, but allows gillnetting in the lower river in select areas. Read More...  

Gillnetters Say ‘Kitzhaber Plan’ Crowding Them Into Tight Areas
Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 (PST)
With a low number of upriver spring chinook salmon left in the early spring commercial allocation, gillnetters and the two-state Columbia River Comact decided Tuesday to wait a week before gillnetters are again allowed to fish in off-channel areas of the lower Columbia River and in Youngs Bay near Astoria. Read More...  

Hot Weather Leads To Transmission Emergency At Ice Harbor Dam, Reducing Spill For Juvenile Fish
Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 (PST)
A cascading series of events this week resulted in reduced spill for fish at Ice Harbor Dam on the lower Snake River. Read More...  

Bonneville Power Expecting Normal Water Year Operations, Says Chance Of Oversupply During Runoff
Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 (PST)
Bonneville Power Administration officials said this week the agency is looking at a normal water year after implementing dry-year operations in 2015. Read More...  

Weather Service Says Models Show El Nino Dissipating Late Summer, Wetter La Nina Pattern To Develop
Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 (PST)
The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is projecting that the El Nino weather pattern will dissipate around late summer, and that there are growing indications a La Nina pattern will develop going into winter. Both patterns are largely driven by Pacific Ocean water temperatures. Read More...  

Oregon, Idaho Open Upper Snake River Basin For Spring Chinook Fishing; 2,700 Hatchery Fish Expected
Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 (PST)
Spring chinook fishing in northeast Oregon kicks off on Saturday, April 23 with the opening of the upper Snake River to salmon fishing. Read More...  

Pacific Fishery Management Council Recommends Sharply Limited Ocean Salmon Fishing To Protect Coho
Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 (PST)
A weak coho salmon run this year will limit the number of chinook salmon (a strong run) that anglers can catch in ocean fisheries. In Puget Sound, salmon fisheries may remain closed as the state and tribes have not been able to come to an agreement on a season. Read More...  

Conservation Groups File Suit Challenging USFWS’ Bull Trout Recovery Plan
Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 (PST)
Two Montana conservation groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Portland’s federal district court challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s bull trout recovery plan. Read More...  

WDFW Hatcheries Releasing Steelhead Into Rivers After Newly Approved Federal Permits
Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 (PST)
Washington State fishery managers have begun releasing more than 500,000 juvenile steelhead from five state fish hatcheries into Puget Sound rivers after receiving word from NOAA-Fisheries that those facilities meet federal environmental standards. Read More...  
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