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Northern Pike, such as this one taken during a gill net operation, have been welcomed by some anglers for their game fish qualities. However, pike are voracious predators, and could decimate out-migrating salmon smolts if they make it to the anadromous zones of the Columbia River.

Northern Pike remains top invasive species in Columbia River system

Northern Pike, such as this one taken during a gill net operation, have been welcomed by some anglers for their game fish qualities. However, pike are voracious predators, and could decimate out-migrating salmon smolts if they make it to the anadromous zones of the Columbia River.

August 26, 2023, 5:55am Editor's Choice

Northern Pike, a non-native predator with a voracious appetite, has been found in several systems that feed the Columbia River, and while many anglers welcome them as a hard-fighting game fish, they are giving state biologists headaches. Read story

The mob scene at the opening of the Buoy 10 season inside the mouth of the Columbia River.

Buoy 10 fishing resumes; and Columbia River, tributary fishery reports for Aug. 14-20

The mob scene at the opening of the Buoy 10 season inside the mouth of the Columbia River.

August 24, 2023, 5:52am Outdoors

Salmon fishing resumes Thursday, Aug. 24 in the Buoy 10 area at the mouth of the Columbia River after a scheduled, three-day closure to dampen harvest and allow state biologists to calculate the catch. Read story

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

Columbia River, tributary fishery reports for Aug. 7-13

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

August 16, 2023, 3:46pm Outdoors

The Washington Columbia River mainstem and tributary sport sampling summary for Aug. 7-13. Read story

Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s salmon projects gets funding

August 15, 2023, 5:58am Clark County News

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s plans to restore salmon and steelhead movement in local Columbia River tributaries will receive full funding through a new federal program. Read story

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

Columbia River, tributary fishery reports for Aug. 1-6

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

August 9, 2023, 3:18pm Outdoors

The Washington Columbia River mainstem and tributary sport sampling summary for Aug. 1-6. Read story

Billions spent on hatcheries, habitat fails to help native Columbia River salmon, study finds

August 4, 2023, 2:25pm Editor's Choice

Decades of data show that despite billions in taxpayer investment, salmon and steelhead hatchery programs and restoration projects in the Columbia River Basin have failed to support or boost native fish populations and in fact are contributing to their decline. Read story

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

Columbia River, tributary fishery reports for July 24-31

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

August 2, 2023, 3:32pm Outdoors

The Washington Columbia River mainstem and tributary sport sampling summary for July 24-31. Read story

Happy clients of Team Hook-Up Guide Service pose in Astoria, Ore., with their fish. Last year?s fishery was cut short, but the WDFW is trying a different season structure to hopefully avoid a closure again this year.

Buoy 10 season set up to hopefully avoid last year’s closures

Happy clients of Team Hook-Up Guide Service pose in Astoria, Ore., with their fish. Last year?s fishery was cut short, but the WDFW is trying a different season structure to hopefully avoid a closure again this year.

July 29, 2023, 5:50am Editor's Choice

While the forecasted runs of Chinook and coho look pretty good, everyone is wondering if there will be a full Buoy 10 season after a shutdown last year put an early end to the fun. Read story

A typical fall Chinook salmon taken last year in the boat of guide Bill Monroe Jr. The fish was caught above Bonneville Dam after the Buoy 10 fishery was closed early.

Fishing report: Fall chinook fishing opens Tuesday with some changes

A typical fall Chinook salmon taken last year in the boat of guide Bill Monroe Jr. The fish was caught above Bonneville Dam after the Buoy 10 fishery was closed early.

July 26, 2023, 3:08pm Editor's Choice

Fall chinook salmon fishing in the Columbia River opens Tuesday with the arrival of August including new regulations to dampen the catch at Buoy 10. Read story

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

Columbia River mainstem, tributary fishing summary for June 26-July 2

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

July 5, 2023, 3:10pm Outdoors

The Washington Columbia River mainstem and tributary sport sampling summary for June 26-July 2. Read story