Can Wildlife Services Learn to Believe in Beavers?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture killed more than 23,000 beavers last year. There’s a better way to manage our ecosystem engineers. Each spring Wildlife Services, the branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture tasked with controlling problematic fauna, engages in a ritual as reliable as snowmelt or bird migration: It announces how many wild animals … Continue reading Can Wildlife Services Learn to Believe in Beavers?

Announcement: exciting new partnership with The Fly Shop

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership courtesy of The Fly Shop®, one of the largest and most recognizable names in fly fishing retail and international travel. As a lean organization, partnerships like this enable us to build our capacity and grow our impact, and we are very grateful for their support. How does … Continue reading Announcement: exciting new partnership with The Fly Shop

United States Supreme Court oral arguments will be heard today, April 18th in an important salmon protection and recovery case.

In an important legal case involving the decades-old US v. Washington federal court case (known as the Boldt Decision) affirming the tribal treaty rights of Native American tribes in Washington and Oregon (through a companion case known as US v. Oregon), Washington-based tribes have sued the State of Washington for failing to address fish passage … Continue reading United States Supreme Court oral arguments will be heard today, April 18th in an important salmon protection and recovery case.

TCA asks ODFW to rescind decision on Deschutes sport fishery

On Monday April 9, The Conservation Angler (TCA) requested that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) rescind its decision to open a sport fishery on the Deschutes River for spring Chinook in 2018. This opening is not warranted as the 2018 forecast for wild spring Chinook is even lower than the 2017 during … Continue reading TCA asks ODFW to rescind decision on Deschutes sport fishery

2018 Columbia and Snake River Wild Salmon and Steelhead Forecasts Remain Low

Washington and Oregon fishery managers released the 2018 forecasts for summer and fall salmon and steelhead returns just past mid-March. Based on the initial look, wild steelhead numbers are anticipated to bump up – hopefully indicating that 2017 will be the new historic lowpoint for wild B-run steelhead in the Columbia and Snake Basins. The … Continue reading 2018 Columbia and Snake River Wild Salmon and Steelhead Forecasts Remain Low

Idaho’s once famous wild Clearwater and Salmon River steelhead in a state of collapse

Fish & Game Still Allowing Angling. Time to Shut ‘Er Down Boys! Idaho, still famous for potatoes, used to be famous for big wild steelhead.  How big? The biggest in the lower 48 States. How famous? Ted Trueblood among others became famous fishing for what are surely the most famous freshwater gamefish  and perhaps the … Continue reading Idaho’s once famous wild Clearwater and Salmon River steelhead in a state of collapse

At The Helm: The fighting spirit of Pete Soverel

The status of wild winter-steelhead populations can drive the most committed steelheaders to seek refuge near the fringes of Salmo Mykiss' geographical range—fewer anglers can mean a few more fish. So, after 19 hours of driving, I pull my truck into the dark driveway descending to a rustic lakefront cabin. Towering cedars block what scant … Continue reading At The Helm: The fighting spirit of Pete Soverel

A ‘place-based’ approach to raise the bar on sustainably harvested salmon

“Salmon management needs to become place-based; this means fish are harvested near their rivers of origin, the fishery has high confidence in the number of salmon that can be safely harvested, and the diversity of wild salmon is maintained over multiple generations, especially in the face of rapid climate change.” Dr. Nick Gayeski, Aquatic Ecologist, … Continue reading A ‘place-based’ approach to raise the bar on sustainably harvested salmon

B.C First Nation announces full closure of Chilcotin River steelhead fishery

A B.C. First Nation is closing the Chilcotin River steelhead trout fishery to its people because of an 81 percent species decline over the last 18 years. “Steelhead are facing a serious crisis that cannot be ignored,” said Tsilhqot’in National Government Chair Chief Joe Alphonse Tuesday. “We are imposing an immediate closure on the fisheries … Continue reading B.C First Nation announces full closure of Chilcotin River steelhead fishery