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Guide Bill Monroe, (left), with a client and a nice spring Chinook caught in the Columbia River during last year's spring salmon fishery. Projections for the spring Chinook run are up this year, and anglers should see better fishing than the past few years.

Spring Chinook, sturgeon fishing days added on Columbia River

Guide Bill Monroe, (left), with a client and a nice spring Chinook caught in the Columbia River during last year's spring salmon fishery. Projections for the spring Chinook run are up this year, and anglers should see better fishing than the past few years.

June 3, 2022, 5:31pm Latest News

With returns continuing to come in above expectations, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon on Thursday agreed to add more spring Chinook fishing days above Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, and increase the daily spring Chinook limit on the portion of river below Bonneville from June 4-15. Read story

Black bear pops up in Benton wheat field near Columbia River. No, really

June 3, 2022, 7:24am Northwest

A farmworker had a startling surprise as he checked sprinklers in a wheat field near Paterson — a bear. Read story

Hoof disease has crossed the Columbia River and been observed in elk in northwest Oregon, as evidenced by this 2015 trail camera photo.

Study finds elk hoof disease may affect antlers

Hoof disease has crossed the Columbia River and been observed in elk in northwest Oregon, as evidenced by this 2015 trail camera photo.

June 3, 2022, 7:21am Latest News

A disease in elk that causes deformed hooves and eventually leads to lameness and death is also associated with abnormal, asymmetrical antlers, a Washington State University-led study of hunter reports has found. Read story

A WSU Vancouver graduate student leaves Vancouver Lake after taking water samples in 2019. Algal blooms in the water have been an issue for years.

Vancouver Lake site of harmful algae

A WSU Vancouver graduate student leaves Vancouver Lake after taking water samples in 2019. Algal blooms in the water have been an issue for years.

June 1, 2022, 5:44pm Clark County Health

A harmful algal bloom has been spotted at the Vancouver Lake swim beach, according to Clark County Public Health. Read story

A Chinook salmon, second from the bottom, swims in the Columbia River with sockeye salmon at the Bonneville Dam fish-counting window near North Bonneville in June 2012. Steelhead and Chinook salmon are the most abundant IHNV-vulnerable species in the Columbia Basin, and the disease is particularly deadly to their young.

Fishing report for Washington Columbia River mainstem and tributaries, May 23-29

A Chinook salmon, second from the bottom, swims in the Columbia River with sockeye salmon at the Bonneville Dam fish-counting window near North Bonneville in June 2012. Steelhead and Chinook salmon are the most abundant IHNV-vulnerable species in the Columbia Basin, and the disease is particularly deadly to their young.

June 1, 2022, 3:11pm Outdoors

Sampling summary for Washington Columbia River mainstem and tributaries, May 23-29 Read story

Fat spring Chinook fill a fish box in April of 2021. Anglers can fish the entire main stem Columbia this year, with no bubble closure at the mouth of the Cowlitz River.
Several Canada goose goslings in Oregon have tested positive for Avian flu.

Avian flu epidemic reaches wild birds in Oregon

Several Canada goose goslings in Oregon have tested positive for Avian flu.

May 24, 2022, 7:33am Health

Avian flu has been detected in wild birds in Oregon. Read story

Spring Chinook like this one, caught last year with guide Bill Monroe, should be more plentiful this year, according to the projections. River conditions look to be better, too.

More days added to Columbia spring Chinook fishery

Spring Chinook like this one, caught last year with guide Bill Monroe, should be more plentiful this year, according to the projections. River conditions look to be better, too.

May 19, 2022, 2:57pm Latest News

As the number of upriver spring Chinook continues to exceed expectations, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon on Wednesday agreed to allow 11 more days on the lower Columbia River for recreational spring Chinook fishing beginning Tuesday, May 24, in addition to two days upstream of Bonneville Dam. Read story