Sockeye season also re-opens in July
PORTLAND — New mobile maps put the geology of Oregon’s volcanic peaks into the hands of hikers.
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.
With summer Chinook adult spawner counts on track to achieve preseason return estimates, and sockeye salmon numbers looking even better than advertised, Oregon and Washington fisheries officials this week gave their go-ahead for two more weeks of commercial fishing for treaty tribes on the Columbia River mainstem reservoirs above Bonneville Dam.
Sockeye salmon, known for their bright red meat and high oil content, are starting to surge up the Columbia River on their spawning mission toward the Okanogan and Wenatchee rivers -- which branch off from the big river in central Washington -- and toward the Snake River’s Salmon River drainage.
Off-channel habitat created in a river’s flood plain – sloughs, beaver ponds, wetlands and side channels – can play an important role in salmonid production.
The Department of the Interior announced Monday that the Bureau of Reclamation will make $1.8 million available for comprehensive water studies addressing climate change options to three western river basins, with the largest grant going to the upper Deschutes River basin in central Oregon.
Oregon and Washington fishery managers of Columbia River on Wednesday approved both tribal and non-Indian commercial fisheries for the early summer period, and laid out the ground rules for sport fisheries that are expected to target Chinook salmon and what is expected to be a bumper crops of sockeye salmon returning, for the most part, to the Okanogan River basin.
The Bonneville Power Administration said it incurred $682.4 million in total fish and wildlife costs during fiscal year 2013, a total derived in great part by the need to buy and sell power and operate dams with the goal of improving salmon and steelhead passage up and down the federal Columbia/Snake River hydro system.
GRANTS PASS — Conservation groups and salmon advocates have challenged the Obama administration’s latest plan for making Columbia Basin dams safe for salmon.
Deer: Cute, but sneaky, too
SALEM (AP) — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is hunting for revenue to help close a projected $32 million gap in the 2015-17 budget.
CENTRAL POINT (ODFW) – A Free Fishing Weekend event scheduled for this Saturday on Lost Creek Reservoir has been cancelled due to a harmful algae bloom.
The Annual Arlington Fishing Derby is held in conjunction with Oregon’s Free Fishing Day, is Saturday, June 7. Fishing is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with fisherman of all ages after the biggest fish. Prizes are awarded to the winner in each of the following categories: 4 years and under – 5-8 years – 9-12 years – 13-17 years and Adult. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Every once in a while, Janet and I get the itch to go on a multi-state road adventure. That means no motel reservations, no time tables, no fixed routes and no exact date to get back home. Often this also means no maps, just a general idea of what we want to see and experience. One thing we had talked about was to drive California Hwy 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Neither one of us is sure where this idea came from. I suspect it started way back in the early 1970s when we lived for one year in Santa Rosa, California.