2019 End-of-Year Report on Wild Fish Conservation Activities

2019 has been a tough year for the wild steelhead and salmon that we love.  The Conservation Angler’s mix of policy analysis and aggressive advocacy based on the best available science held ground in many cases, but true “victories” for wild fish were difficult to come by. Please read our assessment of our accomplishments and … Continue reading 2019 End-of-Year Report on Wild Fish Conservation Activities

Kamchatka Steelhead Project -2020

The Conservation Angler and our travel and outfitter partners canceled the 2020 Field Research Program due to COVID-19 Precautions and restrictive international travel issues. Photo of KSP Guide Justin Miller by Todd Harris (2019) However, In order to prevent or reduce the incidence of poaching on wild steelhead returning to KSP rivers, The Conservation Angler … Continue reading Kamchatka Steelhead Project -2020

New Oregon Rules Protect Migrating Columbia Wild Steelhead and Salmon Within Cold Water Refugia

Statement by David A. Moskowitz, Executive Director, The Conservation Angler The OR Fish & Wildlife Commission (OR Commission) adopted permanent angling regulations protecting migrating wild steelhead that rest in three critical cold water refugia CWR) along the Columbia River – action we applaud. Facing warming water in the Columbia, rising above 68F each year in … Continue reading New Oregon Rules Protect Migrating Columbia Wild Steelhead and Salmon Within Cold Water Refugia

Columbia River Summer Steelhead: A Glimmer of Good News with Plenty of Caution in the Mix

The 2020 wild B-run Columbia River summer steelhead return was significantly upgraded in mid-September from the pre-season forecast of 1,400 “unclipped” or wild fish to 7,900 fish. While this increase is welcome – the revised return is still only 60% of the ten-year average. The combined hatchery and wild B-run return (the so-called Index) is … Continue reading Columbia River Summer Steelhead: A Glimmer of Good News with Plenty of Caution in the Mix

2020 Wild Steelhead Return Downgraded

Fire on the Mountain - August 2020 Summer – Fall Columbia River Report                                 September 8, 2020 The Sliding Scales The 2020 wild A-run Columbia River summer steelhead return was just downgraded from the pre-season forecast of 85,900 fish to 80,300 fish – about a 7% slide. Dam counts and passage numbers are too low … Continue reading 2020 Wild Steelhead Return Downgraded

ODFW’s Proposed Angling Regulation Change will harm Wild Sandy River chinook and Steelhead

Sandy River Morning Photo by Marty Sheppard The ODFW Proposal can be found here along with information about how to comment. Please read TCA's detailed analysis of the ODFW Proposal here. Public Comments on this proposed rule are due by May 26, 2020 You can open our Action Alert here and forward it to your … Continue reading ODFW’s Proposed Angling Regulation Change will harm Wild Sandy River chinook and Steelhead

Compelling Comments on the Columbia River DEIS from Idaho

These Comments to Columbia and Snake River Dam Operators from Five Former Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners - Urging Removal of the Lower Snake River Dams to Recover Wild Steelhead and Salmon in the Snake River Country of Oregon, Washington and Idaho deserve our attention and thanks. The Columbia and Snake River Dam DEIS Comments … Continue reading Compelling Comments on the Columbia River DEIS from Idaho

Stand up for Cold Water Refugia and Wild Steelhead Conservation

Public Meeting on Thermal Angling Sanctuaries Wednesday March 25 @5:30 PM PST ODFW will hold a virtual public meeting to present proposed protective regulations governing cold water refugia sites along the Columbia including Eagle Creek, Herman Creek and the Deschutes River confluence and hear from the interested public (that is you!) When: Wednesday March 25 … Continue reading Stand up for Cold Water Refugia and Wild Steelhead Conservation