Upstream of the Snake River dams in Idaho, Riggins waits for the fish to return.
By the time steelhead or salmon pass the town of Riggins, Idaho, during their return migration to the Salmon River, they will have swum more than 500 miles against the current—the length of the Oregon-Washington border—and climbed over 1,800 feet above sea level.
Depending on the species, and wherein the watershed they were born, many of them would still have many more miles to go before reaching their spawning grounds. The salmon would be nearing the end of their life cycle: But none will survive the journey. The majority of the steelhead won’t survive the ordeal either. But a few of them, if they aren’t too exhausted, will utilize spring runoff to carry them back to the ocean so they can attempt the entire process again.
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2 thoughts on “It’s All Home Water: Restorative Shovels and Dynamite”
I am in the older generation I fished the Salmon River for steelhead in the 1960s when you could catch a dozen fish a day now all you catches a sickly planter that doesn’t even break water let’s get rid of all the dams
Are we going to wait until all native fish are gone and then say once again how sorry we are,Should have acted earlier?Same old CRAP follow the money as usual.♂️