Tag: Columbia River Steelhead

Conservation Corner – Looking Back at 2019 Wild Columbia River Steelhead Returns

  Editor’s Note: We knew 2019 was going to be a bad year for wild steelhead returns in the Columbia River system. A few FCO members found fish on the Deschutes and John Day but many recounted fishless days during our monthly meetings. Poor returns forced ODFW to close the lower Deschutes to steelhead fishing…

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Conservation Corner

Another Challenging Year for Wild Summer Steelhead Hot summers, warm water, harvest and bycatch, poor ocean conditions, dams, water diversion, hatchery influences, habitat degradation, sea lions, and yes, anglers. I hate to sound “doom and gloom” but the summer steelhead returns on the Columbia do make me gloomy. The threats to wild steelhead recovery continue…

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Columbia River Steelhead Update

Hello Friends, As most of you have likely seen, Oregon and Washington have “closed the Columbia to steelhead fishing” (their words) as the initially improved 2018 forecast for upriver summer steelhead of 182,400 summer steelhead has been revised sharply down to 110,300 fish (a 40% reduction in the forecast) and reduced again on August 28…

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