Though Poor Steelhead Returns Continue, Good Fall Chinook, Coho Runs Have Harvest Managers Approving More Recreational, Commercial Fishing

September 17th, 2021

Columbia River harvest managers have now opened recreational salmon angling from Bonneville Dam to Astoria to take advantage of a good fall chinook return (record passage at Lower Granite Dam) and a booming coho run. In contrast, the steelhead return during this period is still dismal.

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New Rule: If Chinook Numbers Drop Under 966,000 Off NW Coast, Fishing Reduced To Provide More Food For Endangered Orcas

September 16th, 2021

Following nearly 40,000 public comments, NOAA Fisheries is approving an amendment to the fishery management plan for Chinook salmon off the West Coast. It will make more fish available for endangered Southern Resident killer whales in years when salmon returns are low.

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Grim Returns Prompt WDFW To Issue Steelhead Fishing Restrictions On Snake River, Tributaries; ‘Numbers Below What Anyone Expected’

September 2nd, 2021

Amid concern about record low numbers of steelhead moving up the Columbia River so far this year, state fishery managers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced new restrictions on steelhead fishing in the Snake River, as well as several Snake and Columbia River tributaries.

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State Fish/Wildlife Commissions Briefed On In-Season Efforts To Protect ESA-Listed Steelhead During Historically Low Return

September 2nd, 2021

Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife staffs say there is little more that can be done to protect the dismally small number of upriver summer steelhead migrating this year in the Columbia River basin short of shutting down all non-tribal fishing, and even that “would not move the needle,” one staff member said.

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Due To Impacts To An ESA-Listed Stock, Harvest Managers Close Buoy 10 Fishery To Chinook Retention; Coho Fishing Continues

August 26th, 2021

Due to higher-than-expected catch rates and unexpected impacts to a salmon stock listed under the Endangered Species Act, Chinook salmon retention on the Columbia River from the Buoy 10 line upstream to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line will close effective Friday, Aug. 27.

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Steelhead Passage Through Warm River Perilously Low, 20 Percent Of Average At Bonneville Dam; Groups Urge Action To Aid Fish

August 12th, 2021

An informal coalition of fisheries-focused conservation groups is urging the fish and wildlife commissions in Oregon and Washington to step up to save summer steelhead in a year when their returns are at the lowest numbers since Bonneville Dam was built and in a year when water temperatures threaten their migration.

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Amidst Bad Steelhead Returns, Hot River, Harvest Managers Approve Fall Columbia River Fishing Seasons; Recreational Aug.1, Gillnet Days

July 29th, 2021

As the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam warms to over 71 degrees Fahrenheit and with expectations of the second lowest steelhead run since Bonneville Dam was built, recreational angling for fall chinook, the largest remaining run of chinook salmon on the Columbia River, begins August 1.

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