‘Returns Alarmingly Low’: Low Wild Spring Chinook Numbers Lead To Less Hood River Fishing, Shutdown In Deschutes

April 15th, 2021

A poor spring chinook run is impacting angling opportunities in two Oregon rivers. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife set regulations for fishing in the Hood and Deschutes rivers, reducing the bag limit in one river and closing the other due to an extreme low run of wild fish.

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Fish Returns

Good Spring Chinook Fishing In Lower Columbia Has Anglers Reaching Quota: No More LR Recreational Salmon Fishing Until May Run-Size Update

April 9th, 2021

Passage of spring chinook at Bonneville Dam is less than 40 percent of the10-year average, yet anglers in the river downstream of the dam had already harvested about 90 percent of their allowed catch of the upriver run of the fish by the end of the early spring fishing period.

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Alternatives Developed For Salmon Fisheries Off Northwest Coast; Protects Low Abundance Wild Coastal Coho While Allowing Access To Big Columbia River Coho Run

March 18th, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted three alternatives for 2021 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California for public review. Options for Washington's ocean salmon fisheries reflect the need to minimize impacts to low forecasted abundances of coastal coho stocks while providing opportunities to access the large forecast for Columbia River coho.

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This Year’s Salmon/Steelhead Forecasts: Slight Improvement For Some Runs, But Another Tough Year For Idaho Fish, Upper Columbia Springers

March 11th, 2021

In a lackluster year of generally lower than average forecasted salmon and steelhead runs, fishery managers see some hope as chinook salmon runs slowly rise out of a low-return “trough,” the coho salmon forecast is sky high and, even with low expectations for summer steelhead and a calamitous drop in wild B-run summer steelhead, some angling will likely be allowed in Idaho.

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Here Come The Columbia River Fish: With Forecasts In Hand, Managers Prepare To Set Offshore Harvest Rules; 1.6 Million Coho, 580,800 Fall Chinook

March 5th, 2021

Washington state is beginning a process with a series of public meetings that will determine by May the allowed harvest of a limited number of fall chinook, coho, chum and pink salmon in offshore areas north of Cape Falcon in Oregon, up the state’s coastline and in Puget Sound.

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States Approve Early Start To Spring Chinook Fishing; Tribes, Idaho Concerned About Impacts On Upriver Catch, Broodstock Goals

February 26th, 2021

Oregon and Washington this week opened spring chinook salmon angling from Buoy 10 to the Oregon/Washington border in March. The opening in the lower river is the first time since 2018 that anglers will be allowed to pursue the prized fish early in the season from Buoy 10 to the Lewis River in Washington.

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68 Fisheries Scientists Sign Letter Detailing Why They Think Lower Snake Dam Removal Only Hope For Snake River Salmon, Steelhead Recovery

February 26th, 2021

A letter signed by 68 salmon and fisheries scientists summarizes actions they say are necessary to protect and restore abundant salmon and steelhead runs to the Columbia/Snake river basin. The letter is “intended to help inform regional and national leaders on the policies and actions necessary to restore to a healthy abundance salmon currently listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.”

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