The attached is a letter to ODFW from Bill Bakke and David Moskowitz of The Conservation Angler with their comment on the 2017 Columbia River Fishery Structure. We are pleased with your request for recommendations on the Columbia River Fall Fishery. Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife presented the following context for the 2017 Columbia … Continue reading Comment on 2017 Columbia River Fishery Structure
by Bill McMillan The intent of the two expedition leaders on March 17, 1806 was to depart from the dreary confinement at Fort Clatsop the next day. However, several of the men were sick, and there was an incessant rain/snow mix that prevented putting pitch over the cracks in the canoes needed for their long … Continue reading Lewis and Clark’s White Salmon Trout: Coho Salmon or Steelhead? 200 Years of Getting it Wrong Part Four
Bill Bakke reviews and writes about scientific research on wild salmonids and other wild fishes. This work helps illuminate the research findings for a better understanding of the animal and the policy implications for their management.. He has published the Conservation and Science Report for more than twenty years, and these past reports are found in the archives here.
Part III: Fort Clatsop by Bill McMillan On Christmas of 1805 the Lewis and Clark Expedition moved into their winter quarters near the mouth of the Columbia River named for their neighbors, the Clatsop tribe. 32 men, one woman, one baby, and one large dog were confined to the 50 x 50 foot log enclosure … Continue reading Lewis and Clark’s White Salmon Trout: Coho Salmon or Steelhead? 200 Years of Getting it Wrong Part Three
Part Two: Canoe Camp to Cape Disappointment by Bill McMillan After 12 days, the five canoes were completed at Canoe Camp across from today’s Orofino, Idaho on the Clearwater River. Thanks to the Nez Perce people, the men of the Corps of Discovery had mostly recovered from near starvation (although Capt. Clark felt ill from … Continue reading Lewis and Clark’s White Salmon Trout: Coho Salmon or Steelhead? Part Two
A most interesting weather year and steelhead response at the Mid Skagit tributaries. It will not likely be as large a return year as last year, but may be similar to the 2015 steelhead redd counts – at least as far as the redds that can be found.
Part I: Lemhi River to Canoe Camp on Clearwater River by Bill McMillan On August 12, 1805 Capt. Meriwether Lewis quietly exulted as he drank from a headwater spring of the Missouri River following a Shoshone trail to near the eastside crest of Lemhi Pass. One part of the expedition’s purpose was complete, exploration to … Continue reading Lewis and Clark’s White Salmon Trout: Coho Salmon or Steelhead? Part One