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

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

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

Conservation Measures for Tribal and Non-Tribal Commercial Fisheries

To:      Jeromy Jording, NOAA Fisheries Stuart Ellis, CRITFC and TAC Chair John Long, WDFW Tucker Jones, ODFW   Fr:       David Moskowitz, The Conservation Angler Dt:       May 16, 2017 Re:      Conservation Measures for Tribal and Non-Tribal Commercial Fisheries _________________________________________________________________ The purpose of this memo is to propose a series of conservation measures to apply to the … Continue reading Conservation Measures for Tribal and Non-Tribal Commercial Fisheries

Memo to Columbia River Compact and the States of Washington, Oregon and Idaho Regarding Wild Steelhead Conservation Crisis

Respectfully submitted by The Conservation Angler Pete Soverel, President David Moskowitz, Executive Director Bill M. Bakke, Director of Science and Conservation Bill McMillan, Researcher and Archivist The Conservation Angler (TCA) shares the grave concerns about the health of the wild steelhead, particularly the health of B-run summer steelhead based on the 2017 pre-season forecasts presented … Continue reading Memo to Columbia River Compact and the States of Washington, Oregon and Idaho Regarding Wild Steelhead Conservation Crisis