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Entries in steelhead (187)


Chum and Weedlines in Dean Channel

The managment of the commercial net openings that are currently occurring in British Columbia defies all common sense when it comes to protecting wild steelhead. In this particular case, the gill net fishery for chum salmon in the Dean Channel and the dropping of the weedline netting technique requirement.

From the North Coast Steelhead Alliance -

Allowing non-selective gillnetters into an area holding much more valuable summer run steelhead to target a fish that is worth pennies per pound. Where is the logic in that? In terms of management economics, it would appear cheaper to pay the 30 or 40 gillnetters to stay home than pay for the management time spent on this fishery in addition to the loss of incredibly valuable Dean river summer run steelhead.

The North Coast Steelhead Alliance reports and provides analysis on all the North Coast net openings, take a read but be prepared to tear your hair out.


Steelhead above Condit Dam

Taken by Jeanette Burkhardt of Yakama Nation Fisheries on 7/16/12, a video still of a Steelhead ‘going for it’ at BZ Falls!

(via:Friends of the White Salmon River)

Biologists document fish migrating upstream of Condit Dam following dam's breaching.


July SOTM Entry: WA Summer Run

Justin Teegarden swings up some backyard metal.


Group wants to make it harder, not easier, to catch fish on Cowichan

Between them, the group of veteran anglers have more than 200 years of experience fishing the Cowichan River – and they think that gives them the right to tell the government how the river on southern Vancouver Island should be managed.

LINK (via: The Globe and Mail)


It's like Field of Dreams," he added. As in, build it, and they will come. Or in this case, un-build it. 

Photo: John McMillan

More on that 35 inch male steelhead spotted by biologist John McMillan and collegue Ray Moses on the Elwha.

The gray ghosts of the Elwha are back: wild steelhead, already spotted beyond the free flowing stretch of river that used to be Elwha Dam, for the first time in a century.

"We saw this really large fish, we hadn't tagged anything like it, it was also in better condition than all the other fish," McMillan said. "We could only conclude it had made it up there on its own.

LINK (via: The Seattle Times)


Sonoma and Medocino County Whine

Scores of Sonoma and Mendocino county grape growers and other farmers packed a Mendocino County Superior Court room Thursday for a lawsuit challenging state frost protection rules for stretches of the Russian River watershed.

Regulators say the rules are necessary to protect salmon and steelhead, the latter a threatened species. Farmers and their attorneys say the regulations are unneeded, trample farmers' water rights and exceed the state Water Resources Control Board's authority.

LINK (via: the press democrat)