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  • 3 Million More Smolts for Columbia Basin Hatcheries

    3 Million More Smolts for Columbia Basin Hatcheries

    Plans to release 3 million additional hatchery-raised smolts into the Columbia River Basin are raising questions about the impacts increased hatchery production could have on recovering wild stocks.

  • The Columbia River section outside the Deschutes mouth Reopens

    The Columbia River section outside the Deschutes mouth Reopens

    The combination of cooling water temperatures in the Columbia River and additional protections in the form of a river-wide steelhead retention closure have allowed managers to re-open the closed area adjacent to the mouth of the Deschutes River effective Thursday Sept. 6.

  • Columbia River Sturgeon Festival is Coming

    Columbia River Sturgeon Festival is Coming

    The Columbia River ecosystem and its primitive inhabitant, the sturgeon, will be honored here Saturday, Sept. 15, at the 22nd Annual Sturgeon Festival.

  • Hot water is putting an end to some fishing on the Columbia River in the Tri-City area starting Monday.

    Hot water is putting an end to some fishing on the Columbia River in the Tri-City area starting Monday.

    Temperatures in the Tri-Cities are to be back in the 100s starting Tuesday through at least Friday, with highs up to 106, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Fishing Rule Change for Columbia River

    Fishing Rule Change for Columbia River

    Additional information: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adult sockeye or hatchery steelhead or 1 of each may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery jack chinook, sockeye. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches.

  • Opposition to Smaller Mesh Gillnets in Columbia River

    Opposition to Smaller Mesh Gillnets in Columbia River

    Recreational spring Chinook fisheries were reopened in the Columbia River this year through an agreement between fisheries managers from Oregon and Washington, also known as the Columbia River Compact

  • More Than One Group of Killer Whales on Oregon Coast | At high tide in the Columbia River VIDEO

    More Than One Group of Killer Whales on Oregon Coast | At high tide in the Columbia River VIDEO

    Orcas have been spotted during the evening high tide in the Columbia River as far up river as the Megler Bridge,” Boothe said. “I was able to see them [Monday] around 7:30 p.m. through a scope. They were over by the north jetty on the Washington side.

  • Tribes could kill Columbia River sea lions under new bill

    Tribes could kill Columbia River sea lions under new bill

    Bonneville Dam creates a barrier for fish in the Columbia River, making it a lucrative feeding ground for the sea lions. Because many of the salmon they eat are endangered, it also creates a dilemma for fish and wildlife managers.

  • Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Anglers Board Positions Open

    Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Anglers Board Positions Open

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations for four vacant positions on a citizen advisory group responsible for reviewing proposals to maintain and improve sportfishing opportunities for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

  • Poor Outlook for Columbia River Salmon Says NOAA Studies

    Poor Outlook for Columbia River Salmon Says NOAA Studies

    Ocean conditions for salmon headed to sea this year are very poor, according to recent NOAA Fisheries research surveys, and have a high likelihood of depressing salmon returns to the Columbia River in the next few years.

  • Columbia River Sturgeon season closes this month

    Columbia River Sturgeon season closes this month

    Recreational sturgeon seasons in Bonneville and The Dalles pools will close effective Saturday, March 25, under rules announced today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

  • Review of Columbia River Hatcheries completed by NOAA

    Review of Columbia River Hatcheries completed by NOAA

    NOAA Fisheries' West Coast Region has completed a review of fish hatcheries on the Columbia River, clearing the way for the agency to distribute funds under the federal Mitchell Act that will keep the hatcheries operating while reducing impacts to threatened and endangered species.

  • Marked Chinook Must be Released on Upper Columbia After September 15

    Marked Chinook Must be Released on Upper Columbia After September 15

    Release chinook marked with hole punch in Upper Columbia River fisheries Action: Anglers are required to release chinook salmon that have a ¼-inch diameter (round) hole punched in the upper lobe of the caudal (tail) fin

  • NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Seeks Nominations for Columbia Basin Partnership

    NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Seeks Nominations for Columbia Basin Partnership

    NOAA Fisheries and the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) are pleased to announce we are seeking nominations for the new Columbia Basin Partnership (CBP) Task Force. This Task Force will assist MAFAC in developing recommendations on quantitative goals for all salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin – listed and non-listed species – in order to address long term conservation needs, harvest goals, and Tribal/treaty responsibilities for NOAA Fisheries consideration.

  • Washington Suspends Harvest Limits on Bass, Walleye and Channel Cats on Columbia River and Tributaries

    Washington Suspends Harvest Limits on Bass, Walleye and Channel Cats on Columbia River and Tributaries

    Starting March 3, anglers can fish for bass, walleye and channel catfish without daily catch or size limits from the mouth of the Columbia River 545 miles upstream to Chief Joseph Dam. An emergency rule approved by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) removes the remaining limits for those species on the Columbia River downstream from the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles above McNary Dam.

  • Coast Guard Reminds Boaters to Stay Safe at Columbia River Buoy 10

    Coast Guard Reminds Boaters to Stay Safe at Columbia River Buoy 10

    The Buoy 10 fishing season, named after the channel marker near the mouth of the Columbia River, brings thousands of fishermen from around the world each year to the Columbia River.

  • Drought Prompts Sturgeon Moratorium on Columbia, Snake Rivers

    Drought Prompts Sturgeon Moratorium on Columbia, Snake Rivers

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will close sturgeon fishing on portions of the Columbia and Snake rivers under temporary rules to reduce stress on the fish caused by low, warm water conditions. - See more at: http://www.thefishingwire.com/story/351750#sthash.CeTMM4Fu.dpuf