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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ESA-Listed Smelt Return To Columbia River Expected To Be Moderate Size; States Set Commercial Test Fishery

January 29th, 2021

As they do every year from December through May, threatened eulachon (smelt) are returning from the Pacific Ocean and flooding into the lower Columbia River. The smelt – a 7 in., 2.5 oz. fish – may already be moving into their favorite spawning tributaries, the Cowlitz River in Washington and the Sandy River in Oregon, where their numbers peak in February.

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GUEST COLUMN: Reflections, Perspectives On Idaho Salmon Workgroup Recommendations

January 29th, 2021

The robust fishery science literature— beginning with the “Plan for Analyzing and Testing Hypothesis” (Marmorek et al.1998) in the 1990s and continuing to the 2020 report “Achieving Productivity to Recover and Restore Columbia River Stream-type Chinook Salmon (Petrosky et al. 2020)—documents the necessity to achieve an average 4% smolt-to-adult return (SAR) survival in order to recover Snake River (Idaho) salmon and steelhead.

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