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The final projections for 2020 ocean and Columbia River salmon returns are out, and once again low numbers will constrain fisheries. Chinook numbers will be a bit better for the Buoy 10 fishery, but coho returns will be dismal.

Recreational Columbia River salmon fishing opens Saturday

The final projections for 2020 ocean and Columbia River salmon returns are out, and once again low numbers will constrain fisheries. Chinook numbers will be a bit better for the Buoy 10 fishery, but coho returns will be dismal.

September 17, 2020, 4:40pm Northwest

Oregon and Washington will reopen the Columbia River on Saturday, through the end of the year, to all salmon fishing from Buoy 10 to Pasco. Read story

This Sept. 10, 2020, photo provided by Erik Withalm shows the roll gates on the Leaburg Dam opened to release water and drain the lake behind the dam during the Holiday Farm Fire east of Eugene, Oregon. The local utility opened the dams to prevent wildfire debris and downed trees from snagging on the gates, but the move deprived the nearby Leaburg Fish Hatchery of fresh water. The hatchery was forced to release more than 1 million steelhead, chinook salmon and trout into the McKenzie River to save them.

Fish in Oregon hatcheries die, released early as fires rage

This Sept. 10, 2020, photo provided by Erik Withalm shows the roll gates on the Leaburg Dam opened to release water and drain the lake behind the dam during the Holiday Farm Fire east of Eugene, Oregon. The local utility opened the dams to prevent wildfire debris and downed trees from snagging on the gates, but the move deprived the nearby Leaburg Fish Hatchery of fresh water. The hatchery was forced to release more than 1 million steelhead, chinook salmon and trout into the McKenzie River to save them.

September 17, 2020, 3:27pm Latest News

PORTLAND — As wildfires raged through Oregon, staff at fish hatcheries around the state raced to try to save – or prematurely release – millions of chinook salmon, steelhead and trout being raised in captivity to preserve fragile fish species, state officials said Thursday. Read story

Fishing report: Sept. 17

September 16, 2020, 8:03pm Outdoors

Fishing reports for waters in southwest Washington, including the Columbia River and tributaries as reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Sept. 15. Read story

Clammers can finally dig for razor clams on Long Beach.

Clam Diggers Rejoice: State sets 39 digging dates starting Wednesday

Clammers can finally dig for razor clams on Long Beach.

September 15, 2020, 10:00am Northwest

Longview — After an extended break from the sandy shores seafood and sustenance enthusiasts are now trying to remember where they left their shovels and guns. Read story

Fishing report: Salmon fishing to reopen Friday

September 9, 2020, 8:50pm Outdoors

Bolstered by continued high numbers of chinook salmon passing Bonneville Dam, Oregon and Washington once again relaxed angling rules on the Columbia River during a telephone meeting Wednesday. Read story

A group of happy fishers after a day with Matt Eleazer of East Fork Outfitters below Bonneville Dam. While Eleazer still fishes the Columbia, he has forsaken the poor fishing on tributary rivers of Southwest Washington.

Diminishing fish runs, diseased elk send local guides out of state

A group of happy fishers after a day with Matt Eleazer of East Fork Outfitters below Bonneville Dam. While Eleazer still fishes the Columbia, he has forsaken the poor fishing on tributary rivers of Southwest Washington.

September 9, 2020, 8:44pm Outdoors

Fixes to problems in Southwest Washington could be a long time coming Read story

In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, a chinook salmon, below, and a steelhead, above, move through the fish ladder at the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

Cooked salmon: Climate change, dams contribute to lethal habitat

In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, a chinook salmon, below, and a steelhead, above, move through the fish ladder at the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

September 7, 2020, 6:05am Northwest

SPOKANE — The Columbia and Snake rivers have been providing sustenance throughout the northwest since man first inhabited the region first directly via the salmon that swim through their waters, then through irrigation and power generated by those waters. Read story

Fishing Report Sept. 3

September 2, 2020, 9:50pm Outdoors

Fishing reports for waters in southwest Washington, including the Columbia River and tributaries as reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Aug. 31. Read story

The Trapper Creek Wilderness, with Mount Hood in the distance, is seen from the top of 4,200-foot Observation Peak.

Trapper Creek is a small wilderness offering a big escape

The Trapper Creek Wilderness, with Mount Hood in the distance, is seen from the top of 4,200-foot Observation Peak.

August 27, 2020, 7:04pm Latest News

Under a high canopy of old growth Douglas and silver fir, it’s easy for your senses to get trapped in the Trapper Creek Wilderness. Read story

Fishing report Aug. 27

August 26, 2020, 8:55pm Outdoors

Fishing reports for waters in southwest Washington, including the Columbia River and tributaries as reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Aug. 24. Read story