With Decent Daily Fall Chinook Passage At Bonneville Dam (17,000 On Sept.8), States Open Another Three Days Of Columbia River Salmon Fishing, Gillnet Days

September 11th, 2020

Although there has been no change in expected returns, passage of fall chinook at Bonneville is sufficient to reopen recreational angling opportunities for the fish from Buoy 10 to the Oregon and Washington border, according to the two-state Columbia River Compact at a hearing Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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Idaho Reduces Hatchery Steelhead Bag Limit Due To Low Expected Returns (40 Percent Of Average); So Far At Lower Granite 60 Percent Of Run Wild Fish

August 27th, 2020

With the run of summer steelhead expected to return to the Snake River basin at about 40 percent of the 10-year average, the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Commission at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 20, reduced the number of the fish anglers in the state can keep when fishing the Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers. Steelhead angling opens on those rivers Sept. 1.

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Lamprey Fish Passage Efficiency At Each Columbia/Snake Dam Very Low: Nearly Half Lost (Not Counted) At Each Dam From Bonneville Dam To McNary

August 14th, 2020

A variety of changes at Columbia and Snake river dams to boost passage of Pacific lamprey is resulting in incremental improvements, according to a presentation this week at a Northwest Power and Conservation Council meeting.

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Decades-Old Snake River Hatcheries Underfunded For Infrastructure Needs; Produce 20 Million Juvenile Salmon/Steelhead Each Year

July 16th, 2020

A five-year plan for non-recurring maintenance needs and infrastructure fixes at aging 35-to-40-year-old Snake River hatcheries shows a budget that is $5 million short, raising the question of who pays, according to managers and operators at the hatcheries who laid out their funding needs at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee meeting Tuesday, July 14.

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