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

2019 Report on Columbia and Snake River Wild Steelhead and Salmon Returns

The Conservation Angler has analyzed the 2019 wild steelhead and salmon return to the Columbia and Snake Rivers. While final analysis is not possible, this detailed snapshot will provide a fairly crisp idea of where things stand. Here is the link to the Report. 2019 Report on Columbia and Snake River Wild Steelhead and Salmon … Continue reading 2019 Report on Columbia and Snake River Wild Steelhead and Salmon Returns

Wild Fish Conservation Organizations Intend to Sue Idaho for Unauthorized Steelhead Fishing

On October 9, 2018, The Conservation Angler and four other conservation groups sent notice to Idaho officials of our intent to file an ESA Take lawsuit to protect wild Snake River Steelhead. TCA along with Wild Fish Conservancy, Friends of the Clearwater, Snake River Waterkeeper and Idaho Rivers United sent notice to Idaho Governor Butch … Continue reading Wild Fish Conservation Organizations Intend to Sue Idaho for Unauthorized Steelhead Fishing

2018 Columbia River Summer – Fall Migration Update: September 30, 2018

In what may be a precedent-setting action on August 24th, Oregon and Washington "closed the Columbia to steelhead fishing" (their words) as the initially optimistic 2018 forecast for upriver summer steelhead of 182,400 summer steelhead was revised sharply down to 110,300 fish (a 40% reduction in the forecast), reduced again on August 28 to 96,500 … Continue reading 2018 Columbia River Summer – Fall Migration Update: September 30, 2018

Wild Pacific Salmon: A Threatened Legacy

The family Salmonidae has a long history. It may go back 100 million years. Forty million years ago the earliest confirmed Salmonidae, a fish resembling a modern grayling, left its bones in lake sediments in British Columbia. Fifteen million years ago a six-foot stream-dwelling salmon with large curved breeding teeth known as the sabre tooth … Continue reading Wild Pacific Salmon: A Threatened Legacy

2018 Conservation and Science Report Five

PERSPECTIVE Snake River Salmon and Steelhead Abundance The following links to graphs produced by Idaho Fish and Game track the run size of hatchery and wild salmon and steelhead passage above Lower Granit Dam, comparing it to recovery goal for these threatened species from the 1950s to 2017. The spring and summer chinook were protected through the … Continue reading 2018 Conservation and Science Report Five