Harvest

Washington Fish/Wildlife Commission Adopts Changes To Columbia River Harvest Allocation Between Recreational Anglers, Gillnetters

September 17th, 2020

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its Friday meeting adopted revised language for its Columbia River Basin Salmon Management Policy, changing the allocation of harvest between recreational anglers and commercial gillnetters under an “abundance-based approach.”

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With Decent Daily Fall Chinook Passage At Bonneville Dam (17,000 On Sept.8), States Open Another Three Days Of Columbia River Salmon Fishing, Gillnet Days

September 11th, 2020

Although there has been no change in expected returns, passage of fall chinook at Bonneville is sufficient to reopen recreational angling opportunities for the fish from Buoy 10 to the Oregon and Washington border, according to the two-state Columbia River Compact at a hearing Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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Idaho Reduces Hatchery Steelhead Bag Limit Due To Low Expected Returns (40 Percent Of Average); So Far At Lower Granite 60 Percent Of Run Wild Fish

August 27th, 2020

With the run of summer steelhead expected to return to the Snake River basin at about 40 percent of the 10-year average, the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Commission at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 20, reduced the number of the fish anglers in the state can keep when fishing the Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers. Steelhead angling opens on those rivers Sept. 1.

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States Set Seven Columbia River Mainstem Commercial Gillnet Periods, Steelhead Numbers Still A Concern

August 6th, 2020

Oregon and Washington opened the Columbia River mainstem to commercial gillnetters for fall chinook salmon, seven night-time openings that are to begin Monday, Aug. 10. In addition, the two-state Columbia River Compact approved continued commercial gillnetting in Select Areas in the lower river, beginning Aug. 4.

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Decades-Old Snake River Hatcheries Underfunded For Infrastructure Needs; Produce 20 Million Juvenile Salmon/Steelhead Each Year

July 16th, 2020

A five-year plan for non-recurring maintenance needs and infrastructure fixes at aging 35-to-40-year-old Snake River hatcheries shows a budget that is $5 million short, raising the question of who pays, according to managers and operators at the hatcheries who laid out their funding needs at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee meeting Tuesday, July 14.

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