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2011: Fish flourish in area waters

Fish generally thrived in an abundance of water flooding the region in 2011. Although anglers lost a full month of the fishing season to high water on rivers such as …

Landers: Steelhead keep fishermen guessing

Steelhead anglers are scratching their heads along the Snake River system. The fish run is slightly below average this year.

Steelheaders along Snake must play guessing game

Steelhead anglers are scratching their heads along the Snake River system.

Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing With the cooling water, dry fly fishing is just about over on Idaho and Montana rivers.

Out & About: Tickets to upcoming Reel Rock Film Festival free

OUTDEAL – Some of the year’s top climbing short films are coming to Spokane in a film tour – Reel Rock VI – Oct. 20, starting at 7 p.m. at …

Steelhead entering Idaho

Steelhead are making their way up the Snake River, a bit later than last year. A few anglers have started to fish for the sea-run trout in Idaho’s Clearwater River, …

Anglers question Yakama Tribe fishing platforms at Drano Lake

COOK, Wash. — Tribal fishermen have built about a dozen platforms off the Columbia River along Drano Lake, a move likely to spark conflict with long-standing non-Indian salmon and steelhead …

Pike prompt three surveys on PDO River

Three northern pike studies that involve gillnetting fish are scheduled this spring on the Pend Oreille River by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Kalispel Tribe. The …

Spokane angler second in steelhead derby

More than 550 anglers competed to catch the biggest steelhead and the most steelhead in the annual Clearwater-Snake Steelhead Derby.

1,000 steelhead dead at Dworshak

Dworshak Dam workers rallied to save 511 steelhead they discovered trapped by a maintenance project, but twice that many fish perished

Steelhead rescued at Dworshak Dam

All hands at Dworshak Dam called in to rescue steelhead trapped by a maintenance project.

Anglers lose crowds, find bountiful runs on Salmon River

When the season comes to tap the annual steelhead runs, Riggins, Idaho, might be upstaged by Lewiston, but it’s not necessarily outperformed. The big run of steelhead that boomed earlier …

Fish runs rebounding, but still threatened

A state fisheries biologist says Snake River salmon and steelhead runs have rebounded but haven’t yet reached numbers where they can be considered out of danger.

Leaping to conclusions

Wild steelhead are making the last push in their months-long journey that culminates with spawning in mountain creeks. But for those that began life in Idaho’s upper Selway River, the …

Steelhead surge into Grand Ronde River

Never mind what the calendar says, steelhead seem to be making an early move from the Snake River into the Grand Ronde River.

Oregon plagued by steelhead

Biologists are urging anglers to catch and keep a larger portion of the huge bounty of steelhead expected to continue pouring into Oregon Coast rivers for the next week or …

Region sees record steelhead run

The record run of steelhead that paraded up the Snake River delivered pleasure and profit from the mouth of the Columbia upstream 800 miles to the Salmon, Idaho, area. On …

Steelhead releases could be cut back

Is the bounty of hatchery steelhead moving up the Snake River too much of a good thing? Fishermen certainly don’t think so, and that’s why resentment is simmering on the …

As rush subsides, steelheaders revel in the wake of a record run

The Snake River’s record run of steelhead has been parading upstream and delivering pleasure and profit from the mouth of the Columbia upstream 800 miles to the Salmon, Idaho, area— …

Rig for a record run

Of all the steelhead fishing techniques, none is quite so simple as the cast-swing-step rhythm of fishing a fly. The fish-catching part isn’t always so easy, but the method is …

Poachers caught fishing near hatchery

Three Kennewick men caught fishing in closed waters have been charged in Franklin County District Court on several counts involving theft of salmon and steelhead from a state fish hatchery …

Shrimp bait color, scent are recipe for success

A trail of pink and purple stains runs along the floor of the Water’s Edge Tackle Shop in Clarkston. The handle on the front door is stained, as are the …

Easy does it, steelheader says

Steelhead fishing is best when it’s simple, says Orofino, Idaho-area fishing guide Kyle Jones. Like a growing number of anglers, Jones, who also works at Camp, Cabin and Home in …


This is shaping up to be a hallmark year for steelheaders, with the return of sea-run trout at near-record levels. Through Tuesday, 127,413 steelhead were counted at Lower Granite Dam, …

Steelheading opens Tuesday on Upper Columbia

A huge run of steelhead has prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to open the Upper Columbia and five tributaries to steelhead fishing starting Tuesday.

Methow River fishing closes

Washington fisheries officials call an abrupt end to trout fishing in the Methow River to prevent incidental catches of steelhead that could prevent a steelhead season during this year’s huge …

Nez Perce Tribe opens gill-netting season

LEWISTON — The Nez Perce Tribe has opened a commercial gill-net fishing season on the Snake and Clearwater Rivers.

Steelhead surging upstream

Record steelhead counts over Bonneville Dam in mid-August could bode well for Deschutes River anglers over the next few weeks, Oregon biologists say. To reach the Deschutes and other upstream …

Out & About

Even ‘play dams’ are bad for fish OUTLAW – Rock dams built by kids and campers to create swimming areas in streams can be a death trap to migrating fish.

Bonneville Dam steelhead count surges

VANCOUVER, Wash. – When Joe Hymer first saw the figure, he thought it must have been a typo. The veteran fishery biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife …