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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: 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

Salmon, steelhead fisheries on Columbia restricted

State fishery managers have declared a night closure for salmon and steelhead fishing starting Saturday on a large stretch of the Columbia River and two of its tributaries, according to …

Wandering sea lions endangering salmon, steelhead below Bonneville Dam

There are about 4,500 sea lions in the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to Astoria, Ore., and they love eating salmon and steelhead.

Replacing power produced by four Snake River dams feasible, study claims

The energy produced by the four lower Snake River dams could be replaced by a mix of other clean energy sources, according to a study

Steelhead harvest limits stay: Idaho extends rules requiring release of longer fish; Washington’s bag limits same

Idaho will keep in place its special steelhead regulations on the Clearwater River and its tributaries and the lower Snake River north of Couse Creek for the spring season that …

Clearwater steelhead project seeks public donations

Steelhead enthusiasts have until Sunday to donate and boost a juvenile steelhead research project on tributaries to the Clearwater River.

Steelhead Derby organizers clarify boundaries, rules for reborn event

The boundaries of the recently reborn Snake Clearwater steelhead derby have been tweaked to reflect current fishing regulations. The Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce canceled the annual event in …

Some steelhead anglers are playing for keeps

Steelhead numbers were so low in mid-August that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game pre-emptively closed catch-and-keep seasons, but allowed anglers to fish for steelhead as long as they …

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 …

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 …

Steelhead run bottoms out at Lower Granite

Steelhead are setting a record at Lower Granite Dam and it’s not a good one. The run’s performance is so poor that fisheries managers are considering restrictions to upcoming seasons.

Klickitat River has hedge against season’s grim fish run forecasts

The Klickitat River is a bright spot in the otherwise grim news of this year’s lagging steelhead and salmon runs, a veteran fishing guide says.

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 …

In brief: Snake River family festival spotlights utility of dams

The Snake River Family Festival, with free food, family activities, music and information booths on the importance of dams to the region, will be presented 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday …

Field reports: Film event promotes wild steelhead

The film “Our Two Hands,” which beckons anglers to conserve wild fish, will be presented on Thursday in Spokane as a fundraiser for the Wild Steelhead Coalition.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few reels in another big one

Gonzaga University men’s basketball coach Mark Few is known for having some formidable bigs in the paint.

Poor run may spawn steelheading restrictions

The forecast calling for a dismal return of B-run steelhead to Idaho this fall has fisheries managers up and down the Columbia and Snake rivers contemplating regulations designed to protect …

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 …

Steelhead anglers must do their duty for the Tucannon

In this momentous period of history, fishermen must ponder their duty and act on putting aside political differences and personal biases to serve their fishery.

Out & about: Steelhead to benefit from Washington license plate

Washington’s new steelhead vehicle license plate has been designed and will be ready for order in January or February, Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say.

Out & About: Steelhead outlook grim in Snake system

Fishing for the normally reliable run of steelhead that return to the Snake, Salmon and Grande Ronde rivers could be tough this fall.

Metalhead mania: Angler Ron Neilson is relentless in his pursuit of steelhead on a fly

Most fly anglers see July as a time to head for backcountry streams and rivers to drift dry flies through their favorite trout runs. Ron Neilson isn’t one of them.

Q&A: Puget Sound salmon fishing closed

As negotiations continue, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife temporarily closed recreational and non-tribal commercial salmon fishing in Puget Sound this month after the state and tribes failed to …

Landers: Holding wild steelhead out of water viewed differently in Idaho, Washington

Idaho and Washington have conflicting state laws that demonstrate how people separated by a border – even fishermen and biologists – can be ruled by opposing beliefs. Anglers continue to …

Wild fish advocates threaten to sue over Columbia River hatcheries

Funding of chinook, coho and steelhead fish hatchery programs throughout the Columbia River Basin is being challenged by wild fish advocates who contend that hatchery fish adversely affect struggling native …