Ten Ways to be a Conservation Angler

Know the number for the fishery enforcement agency in your area and report illegal or suspicious behavior by others who are harming or harassing wild fish.  TIP numbers: Oregon: 800-452-7888            Washington: 877-933-9847         Idaho:  800-632-5999 Make a conscious choice to not fish in areas where you know wild fish will congregate in … Continue reading Ten Ways to be a Conservation Angler

Wild Pacific Salmon: A Threatened Legacy

by Jim Lichatowich, Rick Williams, Bill Bakke, Jim Myron, David Bella, Bill McMillan, Jack Stanford and David Montgomery Salmon are a part of nature’s trust, which creates a special obligation for the governmental agencies charged with their management. They must act as trustees of the wild salmon and protect them consistent with the long-standing public trust … Continue reading Wild Pacific Salmon: A Threatened Legacy

Fall Fishing Opens To Lower Than Usual Chinook Returns; Season Includes Rolling Steelhead Closure

The forecast for coho salmon returning to the Columbia River is 319,300 fish, 93 percent of the 5-year average (2012 – 2016) of 344,500 fish. That includes an early run of 196,800 and a late run of 122,500. About 97,400 will pass Bonneville Dam this year, according to Fall Fact Sheet No. 1 prepared by … Continue reading Fall Fishing Opens To Lower Than Usual Chinook Returns; Season Includes Rolling Steelhead Closure

Call for Volunteers! Help Wild Fish Conservancy on the Columbia

From Wild Fish Conservancy: Sign up to join Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC) for a historic moment on our Columbia River Pound Net as we test Washington State’s first commercial salmon trap in over 80 years! Take charge and help shape a sustainable future for our commercial salmon fisheries. In the Columbia River and many parts of the … Continue reading Call for Volunteers! Help Wild Fish Conservancy on the Columbia

Act Now! Help Protect Healthy Populations of Salmon

Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA) recently introduced a bill that, if passed into law, would quicken wild salmon's spiral toward extinction. We need your help to send a strong, clear message that opposes this damaging bill and demonstrates strong public support for protecting healthy populations of wild salmon and steelhead and a restored lower Snake River. … Continue reading Act Now! Help Protect Healthy Populations of Salmon

AFTCO leads by example – conservation first

While conservation was front and center at a number of booths at this year's ICAST/IFTD show in Orlando, perhaps no company committed to it quite as much as AFTCO. Foregoing a traditional (and expensive) booth, they put conservation first, donating the substantial dollars (with additional matching dollars they provided) they saved to a variety of … Continue reading AFTCO leads by example – conservation first

With San Clemente Dam gone, are steelhead trout about to make comeback on the Carmel River?

For centuries, steelhead thrived in this region. But the San Clemente Dam, built in 1921, blocked the river’s flow and undermined its ability to maintain an optimal environment for steelhead. And it’s not just the Carmel River where steelhead are hurting. All California steelhead populations south of San Francisco are listed as “threatened” under the … Continue reading With San Clemente Dam gone, are steelhead trout about to make comeback on the Carmel River?

Restoring dwindling steelhead, salmon populations in Beaver Creek is goal of fish ladder

Bruce Eddy, manager of the ODFW’s East Region, noted that the project has been in the works for a number of years and said he is delighted that it is coming to fruition.  “We are excited to see it get going,” Eddy said.  A biologist, Eddy said it is his hope that making spawning grounds … Continue reading Restoring dwindling steelhead, salmon populations in Beaver Creek is goal of fish ladder

A leap in lampreys: Unlovely fish make welcome comeback

An interesting article about lampreys. They share habitat with salmon and steelhead and have similar difficulty with dams, which make it hard for them to swim upstream. This year’s historic gush of water through California’s rivers brings the dawning of a renaissance for lampreys, a peculiar fish that migrates upstream to spawn but without the … Continue reading A leap in lampreys: Unlovely fish make welcome comeback

Protecting the last endangered steelhead in our creeks and rivers

Wildlife officials estimate that there are only 500 ocean-going steelhead remaining in southern California – about 1-2% of the historic population.  But after five years of drought, only seven were seen in 2017, three of which were in Santa Barbara streams. Environmental groups sued the federal government to force the listing of steelhead populations under the Endangered … Continue reading Protecting the last endangered steelhead in our creeks and rivers