Eight years of spawning surveys in White Salmon River tributaries is showing the progression of how naturally-returning steelhead are repopulating the river after removal of Condit Dam in 2011.
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.
An important forage fish that spawns in late summer and early spring in the lower Columbia River is returning this year in higher numbers than was originally forecasted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”