Idaho Department of Fish and Game says it is “well on its way to meeting broodstock goals” for steelhead at Snake, Salmon and Clearwater River hatcheries.
Roy Akins and Toby Wyatt are Idaho salmon and steelhead outfitters who don’t necessarily favor dam breaching as a means to improve fish runs, but now they are willing to consider it and they are urging Idaho Gov. Brad Little to make breaching part of the discussion.
NOAA Fisheries has announced 5-year reviews of 17 Pacific Salmon species and 11 steelhead populations listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Oregon and Washington this week approved some of the last fall fishing of the year for commercial gillnetters and recreational anglers.
Oregon and Washington on Monday approved two lower Columbia River fisheries. One was for four periods (48 hours total) of commercial non-treaty gillnetting and the other for a one-day recreational white sturgeon fishery on Saturday, Oct. 12. But at a Thursday meeting three gillnetting periods were rescinded by the states due to an unexpected high catch rate during the first period.
Tribes will resume commercial gillnetting this week for fall chinook, but for the second time in two weeks one of the four lower Columbia River tribes disagreed with the decision.
All steelhead fishing on the Clearwater River in Idaho will close Sunday because the number of returning adult hatchery fish is less than the number needed for broodstock
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife last week submitted a $26 million supplemental funding request to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office.
The number of summer steelhead forecasted to pass Bonneville Dam and travel into the Snake and Clearwater rivers was downgraded for the third time this month.