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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Low steelhead numbers prompt federal review

The steep decline of threatened Snake River steelhead over the past five years has triggered a review under an adaptive management provision of the federal government’s plan to protect the …


Conflicting chinook seasons on Snake put Washington, Idaho goals at odds

Later this month, the states of Idaho and Washington are set to have conflicting fall chinook fishing regulations on the Snake River, a rare occurrence that is contrary to goals …


Steelhead fishery closure on Clearwater and Snake rivers will take economic toll

Evelyn Kaide doesn’t know what to tell people, or even what to think, about the unprecedented state of B-run steelhead that return to the Clearwater River.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Idaho to close all steelhead fishing on Clearwater River and part of Snake

A bad year for anglers got even worse Friday, when the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted to close steelhead fishing in the Clearwater River basin and on a short …


Steelhead run lagging behind forecast

The return of steelhead to the Snake River and its tributaries continues to fall short of what was an already low preseason forecast.


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019

Barbless hooks still required for Snake River

Washington’s move to allow barbed hooks in much of the Columbia River Basin will not include the Snake River or its tributaries.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019

Washington OKs money to study impacts of breaching Lower Snake River dams

Washington will lead an as-yet undefined process exploring how to help farmers, shippers, utilities and others if the four lower Snake River dams were removed to help recover threatened chinook …


Congressman Mike Simpson says he’s determined to see fish runs recovered in his lifetime

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson flirted with backing the removal of the four lower Snake River dams during a conference here on salmon recovery Tuesday.


Meager numbers of returning chinook has state fishery managers wary

Spring chinook managers and anglers find themselves in a familiar position, wondering if the meager counts of fish passing Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River signal a late run, a …


Lots of winter snow means great summer flows on rivers throughout Idaho

A solid snowpack in Idaho has river guides hoping for a good 2019 season.


Idaho’s Henry’s Fork Foundation grows into respected, emulated organization after 35 years

In 1984 a few concerned anglers, worried about the decline of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River caused by unrestricted cattle grazing along its banks, gathered at a cabin …


Salmon deal to add more spillage at region’s dams

A short-term agreement over fish passage operations at Snake and Columbia river dams could help researchers determine whether spilling more water there can significantly boost survival of juvenile salmon and …


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.


Sockeye run’s return to Idaho is on par so far

Idaho’s imperiled Snake River sockeye run has nearly matched last year’s return but hasn’t paralleled the surprising performance of sockeye that return to the upper Columbia River Basin.


All connected: a mother’s grief, starving orcas, dams, PCBs and Spokane

A grieving orca mother pushing her dead child. Her pod mate slowly starving. Spokane-area activists and environmentalists say the drama highlights the political and biological connections between the Columbia River …


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.


Coho season set; steelhead harvest tabled

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners approved a coho fishing season but delayed a hot-topic decision on restoring steelhead harvest seasons during a telephone meeting Monday.


Columbia-Snake steelhead run shows slight improvement

The return of A-run steelhead to the Columbia River basin is still dismal but the sea-run trout made a late push in the past week that prompted fisheries managers to …


Dam opponents organize ‘Free the Snake Flotilla’ Sept. 8-9

Conservation groups calling for removal of four lower Snake River Dams are organizing the third annual Free the Snake Flotilla on Friday and Saturday based out of Chief Timothy State …


Washington limits Snake River steelheaders to catch-and-release

Extremely low returns of steelhead this season have prompted Washington to restrict steelhead fishing to catch-and-release on the main Snake River this season.


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 …


Fisheries managers move to protect steelhead B-run

Washington and Oregon are poised to implement rolling closures of the steelhead fishery from the mouth of the Columbia River to the mouth of the Snake this summer and fall …


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 …


Steelhead forecast sets up as worst in decades

The Snake River and its tributaries will see one of the lowest returns of steelhead in decades, according to a preseason forecast compiled by regional fisheries managers.


Steelheader anglers warm up to frigid weather

“Because I’m stupid,” said Dave Morrow, anticipating the question. The angler had no better reason than that for leaving his warm house in Spokane during the recent cold snap. The …


Daredevil successfully powers rocket over Snake River Canyon

Professional stuntman Eddie Braun successfully jumped over the Snake River Canyon Friday afternoon in an ode to his boyhood idol, Evel Knievel.


After disastrous 2015, more Idaho sockeye return to spawning grounds this year

More sockeye salmon returned to Idaho’s Snake River basin this year, thanks to cooler weather in July and strategic water releases to help the endangered fish.


Prime time for Snake River trek through Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon can be heavenly during spring, when wildflowers are blooming, poison ivy is leafing out, canyon wrens are singing and rattlesnakes are getting frisky.


Snake River could have short – but sweet – spring chinook season

The Snake River in Washington could see a short but sweet spring chinook season, according to state fisheries managers.


Feds propose plans to bolster Snake River fall chinook

Federal authorities are looking at returning Snake River fall chinook salmon above the Hells Canyon Complex of dams as part of a plan to eventually lift Endangered Species Act protections.