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BPA's Columbia basin mitigation costs pegged at $682 million for 2013

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.

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Latest federal plan for Columbia salmon challenged

GRANTS PASS — Conservation groups and salmon advocates have challenged the Obama administration’s latest plan for making Columbia Basin dams safe for salmon.

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Deer in the campground? Watch your food

Deer: Cute, but sneaky, too

ODFW scrambles to cover $32M deficit

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.

June 7 free fishing at Lost Creek cancelled

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.

Arlington Fishing Derby, Oregon Free Fishing Day & Spring Walapalooza, June 7

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.

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Along the 101

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.

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Finding some bass in the spring

May presents a smorgasbord of fishing opportunities in the Columbia Gorge area.

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Boat inspection stations open in Oregon to target invasive species

SALEM, Ore. — Aquatic invasive species boat inspection stations are now open in Ashland, Gold Beach, Klamath Falls, Lakeview and Ontario.

Columbia Zone fishing report, May 10

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Spring Chinook and shad fishing is open Friday, May 9 – Saturday, May 10 from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Rooster Rock, plus the banks only from Rooster Rock to Bonneville Dam. White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release angling. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details). Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles and John Day pools until the respective guidelines are met. Sturgeon retention is open during February 1-July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Effective Friday June 13 – Saturday June 14 and Friday June 20 – Saturday June 21, the Bonneville Pool will be open to the retention of white sturgeon. Spring Chinook angling is open during March 16 – May 9, from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines. Walleye fishing was excellent in The Dalles Pool last week.

Northeast Zone fishing report, May 10

Weekend fishing opportunities Anglers have reported catching 20 fish limits of kokanee and large holdover rainbows at Wallowa Lake. There will be a free Family Fishing event at McNary Ponds on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Rainbow trout were recently stocked in Tatone, Hatrock and McNary ponds, and continue to provide great early season action.

Southeast Zone fishing report, May 10

Weekend fishing opportunities: Largemouth bass fishing is picking up in Willow Valley Reservoir. Lake of the Woods was stocked recently and trout fishing should be good. The Wood River, one of the best brown trout fisheries in the state, is open for fishing.

Central Zone fishing report, May 10

CENTRAL ZONE FISHING This is a great time of year to find trout feeding on the surface of the lower Deschutes River. Trout fishing on Big Lava Lake has been good with reports of fish up to 18-inches. On Odell Lake, kokanee fishing has been good with 14 to 18-inch fish being caught.

Southeast Zone hunting report, May 10

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31)

Northeast Zone hunting report, May 10

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY (April 15-May 31), CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR (opens April 15)

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