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States set up their June sturgeon seasons

CLACKAMAS (ODFW) – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington today set the summer retention sturgeon fishing seasons and adopted a new sturgeon spawning sanctuary in the Columbia River behind Bonneville Dam.

Corps begins spring fish operations; Little Goose lock closed for repairs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that it has begun implementing its 2014 “Spring Fish Operations Plan” at its four lower Snake River and four lower Columbia River dams.

Fish passage Fixes at Wanapum Dam to be completed April 15; first weeks of spring run trucked

While investigations are continuing to identify the extent and cause of a 65-foot-long crack across a Wanapum Dam spillway pier monolith, fishery experts, engineers and others are scurrying to assure passage for fast-approaching salmon spawners.

Smelt return attracts more Sea Lions to Columbia River

Lookout… here they come. Biologists counted about 1,420 California sea lions Monday nestled at docks at the East Mooring Basin in Astoria, which is double the 739 peak counted last year – which was a record high number over the course of long-running monitoring of pinniped presence.

Study finds wild steelhead fare better in marine environment

Juvenile wild steelhead are smaller than hatchery fish when they reach the ocean, but have a higher feeding success, are in better condition and grow faster than hatchery fish once they arrive in the marine environment, according to a recent study.

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Cherry of a Ride returns April 12

The 10th annual Cherry of a Ride, a fundraiser for St. Mary’s Academy, is slated for Sunday, April 13, and will offer five different courses through cherry orchards and wheat fields. The courses, which will suit every level of rider, wind through cherry orchards and wheat fields and some withvistas of the Columbia River.

Sturgeon seasons, new spawning sanctuary established

Spawning sanctuary extends from The Dalles dam downstream 1.8 miles to the upstream end of the boat ramp at The Dalles Marina on the Oregon shore. All sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release, will be prohibited in this area from May 1 to July 31.

Cycle Oregon looming, Main Street aims to be bike-friendly

Free workshops planned to help businesses become "bike-friendly" for April 7 and 8 event.

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Hidden gem: Oregon’s Niagara Falls are spectacular

Few people have even heard of this spectacular Siuslaw Forest hideaway

Judge orders fewer hatchery fish released

PORTLAND (AP) — A judge has ordered federal fish managers in Oregon to release fewer young salmon into the Sandy River this year to ensure that hatchery fish don’t harm wild fish — but has left other hatchery operations intact.

Court rules for landowner in rails-to-trails dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Wyoming property owner in a dispute over a bicycle trail that follows the route of an abandoned railroad, a decision that could force the government to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate landowners.

Smelt had dipnetters hitting 10-pound limits in short order

Fishery experts’ calculations of threatened eulachon (smelt) spawner returns to the Columbia River and lower river tributaries in 2014 are very much works in progress with test fishery sampling mostly completed. But ask almost any sea lion or seal, sea gull or human fisher and they’ll likely tell you the tiny, fat-filled fish species is having a rebound year.

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Critics blast fisherman for keeping whopper

Keeping "fish of a lifetime" not a problem, say fishery manager.

Roubaix Cycling Race coming to the gorge

THE DALLES – With the coming spring brings warmer temperatures and the start of the cycling season.

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Ski or snowshoe to cozy hut near Mount Rainier

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — You know what makes any adventure in the snow even better? A warm, cozy place to settle in at the end of the day. Bonus points if you don’t even have to leave the snow behind to find your haven.

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