Oregon F&W Commission acts to protect wild steelhead, then says 2018 action likely

The Conservation Angler's year-long advocacy on behalf of Columbia River wild steelhead has born a small bit of fruit before the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission. While 2016 and 2017 are some of the poorest runs of wild steelhead since the 1996 (and combined hatchery and wild fish numbers the lowest since 1979), Oregon and … Continue reading Oregon F&W Commission acts to protect wild steelhead, then says 2018 action likely

Idaho F&G Commission Changes Course in Midstream

The Conservation Angler joined wild steelhead advocates to urge the Idaho Fish & Game Commission to protect the very low 2017 return of wild steelhead from undue angling pressure created by targeting hatchery steelhead on Idaho's iconic rivers.  TCA is considering a legal challenge of their rule roll-back.  Read TCA's wild steelhead angling rule proposal … Continue reading Idaho F&G Commission Changes Course in Midstream

The fall issue of The Osprey is now available!

The Fall Issue of The Osprey, the Journal published by the Steelhead Committee of Fly Fishers International is available here. This issue includes: The Case for Managing Skagit River Wild Steelhead Will Wild Fish by "Trumped?" A Great Victory of Skeena River Salmon in LNG Project Demise Traditional Knowledge Meets Science for Monitoring and Managing … Continue reading The fall issue of The Osprey is now available!

Lewis and Clark’s White Salmon Trout: Coho Salmon or Steelhead? 200 Years of Getting it Wrong Part Six

Following Steelhead to Spawning Headwaters in the Bitterroot Mountains  The Corps of Discovery was hell-bent to return as soon as possible to St. Louis, despite knowing that they were preceding the primary food source of the Native people on their homeward route up the Columbia, Snake, and Clearwater rivers – spring Chinook salmon. Full knowing … Continue reading Lewis and Clark’s White Salmon Trout: Coho Salmon or Steelhead? 200 Years of Getting it Wrong Part Six

Our Sound, Our Salmon’s Flotilla: Saying no to net pens

On Saturday, September 16th, join in for Our Sound, Our Salmon’s Flotilla off the southern coast of Bainbridge Island, in the waters known as the Rich Passage between Fort Ward Park and Manchester State Park. The event will bring attention to the existing harm Atlantic salmon net pens impose upon our sound, our salmon, and our orcas, and to highlight the … Continue reading Our Sound, Our Salmon’s Flotilla: Saying no to net pens

Along with the migrating steelhead, Oregon river pool holds life lessons

Everyone on the river calls it “Lee’s pool,” and that alone might be proof one person can make a difference. Decades ago, it was Dynamite Hole. Poachers would set off explosives and kill steelhead by the dozens, fish that had made it upriver from the ocean — past sea lions, fishermen and a dam — … Continue reading Along with the migrating steelhead, Oregon river pool holds life lessons

Bad news in NOAA Memo on ocean salmon productivity

Continued optimism regarding the status and productivity of salmonid runs on the Oregon coastal rivers and the Columbia River is unwarranted given the following data from NOAA Fisheries regarding ocean productivity, contradicting what WDFW and Idaho are claiming regarding the good upcoming ocean conditions that justify allowing a continued fishery on steelhead in the Columbia this … Continue reading Bad news in NOAA Memo on ocean salmon productivity

Lewis and Clark’s White Salmon Trout: Coho Salmon or Steelhead? Part V

Part V: Quick Sand River to Celilo Falls Bill McMillan, June 15, 2017 William Clark. “A Map of Lewis and Clarks Track” from History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, thence Across the Rocky Mountains and Down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean, 1814. … Continue reading Lewis and Clark’s White Salmon Trout: Coho Salmon or Steelhead? Part V

Tribe reels in 200,000 pounds of Atlantic salmon in days after Washington disaster

Lummi Nation fishermen have been desperately trying to catch Atlantic salmon that escaped from a net pen that failed last week at a commercial fish farm, sending thousands of the non-native fish into the waterways. The net pen moratorium is important for Puget Sound and wild salmon and steelhead through this historically productive rearing and … Continue reading Tribe reels in 200,000 pounds of Atlantic salmon in days after Washington disaster