Science Panel Suggests Task Force As Focal Point For Battling ‘Inevitable’ Spread Of Northern Pike In Columbia River Basin

August 13th, 2020

An independent science panel has suggested the creation of a regional task force to be the focal point for efforts to battle the spread of northern pike when the voracious predator “inevitably” spreads in the Columbia River downstream from Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams.

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USFWS Proposes New Rule For Killing Fish-Eating Cormorants; Would Allow Major Increase In Allowable Take On West Coast

June 18th, 2020

The federal agency responsible for protecting sea birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is instead proposing to “responsibly manage” double-crested cormorants across the nation by permitting lethal taking of birds that eat fish, such as salmon and steelhead smolts, by states and tribes.

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Lake Pend Oreille Sees Highest Kokanee Density In Two Decades, Over 2.5 Million Fish; Low Point 10,000 Fish In 2007

June 11th, 2020

Fisheries researchers estimated that over 2.5 million adult kokanee occupied Lake Pend Oreille in the fall of 2019. This is the highest count on record since the mid-1990’s. As summer heats up, reports are starting to roll in that anglers are reaping the benefits of a highly abundant kokanee population.

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Lake Trout Being Netted In Idaho’s Stanley Lake To Reduce Predation Risk For Kokanee, Snake River Sockeye

June 11th, 2020

Idaho Fish and Game has contracted with a company to net lake trout in Stanley Lake during two-weeks in early June to reduce their population and reduce risk to endangered sockeye salmon populations. After the netting, sterile lake trout will be restocked in the summer and fall to continue to provide anglers a lake trout fishery at Stanley Lake.

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