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Weekly recreation reports, Aug. 16

Weekend fishing opportunities and links to full Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recreation reports for the Willamette, Central, Columbia, Northeast and Southeast zones.

A banner year for salmon: 1.5 million fall Chinook, 638,300 Coho anticipated

Aug. 1 marked the opening of the long-awaited “fall” fishing season on the mainstem Columbia River, which this year is expected to see a record number of fall Chinook salmon, a run of coho spawners forecast to be 156 percent of the 2004-2013 average and a summer steelhead return similar to the 10-year average.

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Youth pheasant hunts on tap

Signups are open for 11 locations across the state

Comment period extended for plan to cull 16,000 cormorants from Columbia estuary

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week announced it has extended by 15 days the public comment period on a draft plan detailing possible alternatives to reduce predation by double-crested cormorants on juvenile salmon and steelhead that are listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Cheap dam fix brings ‘Incredible biological benefit'

Upper Columbia River sockeye salmon that have amazed in recent years with record returns to the Okanogan River system now have more room to roam with new access to an area where potentially more fish can rear, and keep those adult returns strong.

Columbia River fall salmon seasons kick off this Friday with Buoy 10 opener

1.5 million Chinook salmon predicted to return to the mouth of the Columbia this year could set a modern record.

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The best view of the gorge

So far this hasn’t been the best year for Janet and me to put our kayak in the river and go for a nice easy float down the Columbia River.

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Mt. Adams hiking day set for Aug. 9

The annual Mt. Adams Hiking Day, sponsored by the non-profit Friends of Mount Adams, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9, featuring five hikes following trails of varying difficulty on four sides of the 235 square-mile mountain.

Study examines how nearby roads reduce habitat, rearing quality for salmonids

Streams less than 30 meters from roads in the interior Columbia River basin have significantly less wood debris in the stream than those waterways greater than 60 meters from roads, reducing habitat and rearing quality for salmonids in those streams.

Plenty of sockeye for spawning grounds, bag limits go way up above Priest Rapids

With continuing strong counts at lower Columbia River hydro projects, Oregon and Washington officials decided this week to expand fishing opportunities for anglers and for both tribal and non-Indian commercial fishers on the mainstem Columbia River.

Sockeye run edging toward record-smashing 600,000 fish; Most headed for Okanogan Basin

The sockeye salmon tally this year at the lower Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam on Tuesday, July 8, set a record for any season since the construction of the dam was completed in 1938 and the counts began. Mid-summer sockeye spawners counted passing Bonneville through Tuesday totaled 526,367, and counting.

States reopen Chinook salmon fishing below Bonneville

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational Chinook salmon fishermen will get an additional three weeks of fishing on the main stem Columbia river downstream of Bonneville Dam under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

Chinook fishing on lower Columbia re-opens for holiday weekend

Sockeye season also re-opens in July

Map app may boost hiking experience

PORTLAND — New mobile maps put the geology of Oregon’s volcanic peaks into the hands of hikers.

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Triple Falls: A land time forgot

Oneonta Creek flows through a land that time forgot. Lush vegetation struggles with raw basaltic rock for growing room. Rich winter rains give birth to dozens of small streams meandering beneath a canopy of western cedar and vine maple.

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