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