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Salmon & Steelhead

A worker moves fish into a freezer at Costarella Seafoods on Pier 45 in San Francisco, Monday, March 20, 2023. On April 7, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the regulatory group that advises federal officials, will take action on what to do about the 2023 season for both commercial and recreational salmon fishing. (AP Photo/Godofredo A.

Much of drought-plagued West Coast faces salmon fishing ban

A worker moves fish into a freezer at Costarella Seafoods on Pier 45 in San Francisco, Monday, March 20, 2023. On April 7, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the regulatory group that advises federal officials, will take action on what to do about the 2023 season for both commercial and recreational salmon fishing. (AP Photo/Godofredo A.

March 24, 2023, 8:10am Latest News

As drought dried up rivers that carry California’s newly hatched Chinook salmon to the ocean, state officials in recent years resorted to loading up the fish by the millions onto trucks and barges to take them to the Pacific. Read story

A chinook salmon is hooked in Oregon.

Concepts proposed in hopes of keeping salmon fishing open

A chinook salmon is hooked in Oregon.

March 23, 2023, 6:00am Editor's Choice

State officials have unveiled nine new-look concepts for managing fall salmon angling in 2023 at Buoy 10 and in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam with a goal of avoiding last year’s closure fiasco during most of September. Read story

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

Fishery reports for Columbia River mainstem, tributaries, March 13-19

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

March 22, 2023, 5:06pm Outdoors

Columbia River mainstem and tributary sport sampling summary for March 13-19 Read story

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

Preliminary Columbia River mainstem, tributary sampling summary for March 6-12

Salmon fishermen on the Columbia River.

March 15, 2023, 3:50pm Outdoors

Salmon and steelhead counts on lower Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam on March 11. There were 123 salmonid boats and 73 Washington bank rods tallied in this flight count. 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.

Key meeting on Columbia salmon seasons, regulations postponed

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.

March 13, 2023, 6:36pm Latest News

A key public meeting for setting salmon seasons and regulations on the Columbia River and across Western Washington has been postponed. The North of Falcon process, previously set for Tuesday, has been rescheduled for March 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. Read story

A guide nets a Chinook salmon last September in the Columbia at the mouth of the White Salmon River. Lower river fall salmon seasons were halted early last year, something the WDFW wants to avoid this year.

Similar fall salmon projections as last year as process begins to set seasons

A guide nets a Chinook salmon last September in the Columbia at the mouth of the White Salmon River. Lower river fall salmon seasons were halted early last year, something the WDFW wants to avoid this year.

March 9, 2023, 6:05am Outdoors

Expected returns of fall salmon should be very similar to last year’s actual returns, and although most stocks are doing well and improving, the lower Columbia River tule Chinook will once again under perform, and likely restrain fisheries at Buoy 10. Read story

Preliminary Washington Columbia River mainstem, tributary sampling summary for Feb. 27-March 5

March 8, 2023, 3:22pm Outdoors

Preliminary Washington Columbia River mainstem, tributary sampling summary for Feb. 27-March 5 Read story

Guide Shane Magnuson of Upper Columbia Guide Service took this spring Chinook while fishing Drano Lake last year.

Columbia River spring Chinook seasons announced

Guide Shane Magnuson of Upper Columbia Guide Service took this spring Chinook while fishing Drano Lake last year.

February 22, 2023, 6:42pm Latest News

The states of Washington and Oregon announced Wednesday the spring Chinook seasons for the mainstem Columbia River, and they are very similar to last year. Read story

Group of Steller sea lions resting on a green buoy, Salish Sea, Washington.

Sea lions, seals might be hampering Washington salmon recovery. What can be done?

Group of Steller sea lions resting on a green buoy, Salish Sea, Washington.

January 29, 2023, 6:00am Latest News

The earthy, fishy smell wafted aboard Joseph Gaydos’ research vessel first. Then came the guttural growls. Read story

Gillnetters repair a net in Astoria, Ore. A bill before the Washington Senate would eliminate nontribal gillnetting on the lower Columbia River.

Days of gillnetting on lower Columbia River may be numbered

Gillnetters repair a net in Astoria, Ore. A bill before the Washington Senate would eliminate nontribal gillnetting on the lower Columbia River.

January 18, 2023, 6:02am Clark County News

Now equipped with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s support, long-awaited legislation to remove nontribal gillnets from the lower Columbia River may be a step closer to reality. Read story