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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Columbia River closed to salmon and steelhead fishing

Most of the Columbia River will close to all recreational salmon and steelhead fishing, with the exception of the Hanford Reach.


Salmon Cannon demonstration next week

The Salmon Cannon, an invention of Seattle-based Whooshh Innovations, will debut to the public on the Columbia River on Tuesday.


Third tribal salmon release scheduled Friday

The Colville Tribes plan to release 30 more salmon into the Upper Columbia River on Friday. It’s the third release in as many weeks.


State fish managers to discuss Columbia salmon, invite pulbic

The public is invited to attend a series of committee meetings comprised of members of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions to discuss the next steps in the …


Public meeting set on Columbia River policies

The public is invited to attend a meeting of members of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions to discuss next steps in the review of salmon management on …


For a stretch in 1930, Columbia River was solid, icy runway

The year was 1930, and it was freezing – literally.


Invasive northern pike found 10 miles from Grand Coulee Dam, Spokane Tribe catches 45-inch fish

In a cavernous, and cold, warehouse in Airway Heights a group of Spokane Tribe of Indians fish biologists encircled a large, vicious-looking fish Tuesday.


Columbia River salmon, steelhead fisheries reopen Jan. 1

Salmon and steelhead angling will remain closed from Buoy 10 to Hwy. 395 at Pasco through Dec. 31 on the Columbia River. Most tributaries remain open for salmon and steelhead …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018

WDFW commission to discuss Columbia River fisheries

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss the management of Columbia River fisheries Nov. 1 through 3, Thursday through Saturday, including a one-day information-sharing workshop with its Oregon counterpart.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018

Steelhead forecast downgraded again

There is good and bad news associated with the latest update of projected steelhead returns to the Columbia and Snake rivers.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 13

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 13


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018

Much of Columbia River closing to salmon, steelhead fishing

With dismal numbers of fall Chinook returning to Bonneville Dam, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will close salmon fishing on much of the Columbia River.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018

Sockeye fishery opens on Columbia, chinook season closes on lower stretch

Sockeye salmon fishing opens on the Columbia River Sunday.


Talks to modernize Columbia River Treaty to start on Tuesday

Members of Congress from the Northwest are praising the decision to start negotiations next Tuesday over the future of a half-century-old agreement between the United States and Canada that governs …


Feedback asked for Columbia River salmon fishery management

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking the public for feedback on a draft assessment of a policy guiding the management of salmon in the lower Columbia River.


No more ‘Kings of the Columbia’: Chinook salmon much smaller, younger these days, study finds

They used to tip the scales at 80 pounds: June Hogs they were called. The kings of the Columbia River. But the big chinook that used to lumber up and …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Judge approves plan to release more water over federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers

A United States District judge approved a plan on Monday to release more water over federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.


Steelhead fishing will be catch-and-release in Idaho

In the face of a dismal steelhead run, Idaho on Monday canceled its harvest season this fall and will allow only catch-and-release steelhead fishing. Washington is expected to announce similarly …


Successful sturgeon anglers jamming Lake Roosevelt fish-cleaning stations

The white sturgeon anglers have been catching with high rates of success in Lake Roosevelt’s newly created fishery are big, tough critters – and they’re causing problems at fish cleaning …


Anglers speed through learning curve to catch Lake Roosevelt sturgeon

Brandon Collier and Lorey Chillbeck were among a flotilla of anglers exploring the new opportunity to fish for white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt last weekend. “There was a bit of …


Alta Lake has deception at every turn

At first glance, one might jump to the conclusion Alta Lake is a pushover. The first hole quickly changes that perception.


Welcome back to Desert Canyon, a gem near Wenatchee

Desert Canyon is back to being Desert Canyon, known for its challenging 7,285-yard layout, well-manicured greens and fairways, and expansive waste areas. The course has found stability since 2011 with …


Anglers put the bite on Columbia River bass

Even with the Walla Walla River running high and milk-chocolate brown in mid-April, a couple of anglers casting crawdad jigs from a raft were hooking not-so-small smallmouth bass in the …


Program encourages pikeminnow fishing on Snake and Columbia rivers

“Catch a pikeminnow, save a salmon” is the motto for another season of fishing for dollars in the Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program.


Deeper Lake Roosevelt drawdown halted at tribe’s request

Good news for fishermen, boaters and travelers relying on the Gifford-Inchelium Ferry: The Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that they were halting continuation of the …


Gillnetting ramps up to curb northern pike in Columbia River

The front lines in the battle against non-native northern pike invading the Columbia River have moved to the Kettle Falls area of Lake Roosevelt. Gillnetting that started last year after …


New, unpublished fishing rules apply to trout at Lake Roosevelt

Anglers have to go beyond the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet to be legal when fishing portions of Lake Roosevelt this spring.


Some fish-wildlife legislation still alive in Olympia

Of more than 2,700 bills introduced by the 2017 Washington Legislature, about 650 made it past the halfway cutoff and were still alive going into this week in Olympia.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017

Environmental and fishing groups file suit over salmon

Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in …


Columbia salmon, endangered species on commission agenda

The Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions will decide in the next two months whether to implement fully in 2017 the biggest overhaul of Columbia River salmon policies in …