Category Archives: Conservation

NPFMC Reduces King Salmon Bycatch Limit

This news comes on the heels of  a recent announcement that the king salmon season for streams draining into the Bering Sea has been cancelled for 2015. Hopefully that closure, plus the implementation of these new pollock fishery recommendations will … Continue reading

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Northern Pike Make Their Way to Lake Roosevelt

What some people see as a nuisance, others see as opportunity. Now, I’m not saying that northern pike belong in Lake Roosevelt, let alone the entire Columbia River system, but if they are there they can be caught. Here’s an … Continue reading

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How Many Salmon Can The Pacific Support

Here’s a topic that I’ve always wondered about. With hatcheries shoving salmon into the ocean in major numbers, some of them just for roe recovery fisheries (think chum salmon in Southeast Alaska), when will the food supply run out? How … Continue reading

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Vedder River Steelhead Full of Plastic

A Chilliwack fisherman thought the steelhead he hooked last week on the Vedder River would make a fine supper before he cut it open to find its body stuffed with garbage. Jordan Butt, 32, said he felt “disgusted” by what … Continue reading

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Transboundary Nightmare(s) in Waiting (Video)

I’m not a guy who likes to focus on doom and gloom, except when I haven’t had a hit from a steelhead in a week and I’m standing in a river in the rain for what seems like no reason, … Continue reading

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Groups Sue USFW Over Big Hole Grayling

Montana’s Big Hole River is probably my favorite, for too many reasons to list here. However, I will offer a couple: first, it offers the opportunity to catch a mega brown or rainbow trout on any given cast, it seems … Continue reading

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Alaska Senators Try to Strip EPA of Authority in Bristol Bay and Beyond

This is pretty scary news, especially because our elected officials are supposed to represent us, the public, and clearly these men are fighting for specific individuals and, likely, the dollars they provide for campaign efforts. So, just when you thought … Continue reading

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Climate Change Could Be Good For Dolly Varden

I don’t know how you feel about dolly varden/bull trout, but I like them. Especially when it’s so hard to find steelhead on some of western Washington’s rivers these days. In Alaska, dollies always play as the ugly stepchild to … Continue reading

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Montana Bull Trout Numbers Stable

Biologists say Montana’s bull trout numbers are stable, but that shouldn’t indicate that anglers will be let loose on this “threatened” species anytime soon. As you probably know, specifically fishing to bull trout in Montana, except for a couple places, … Continue reading

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Bear-Proof Containers Not Yet(i) Required on Montana’s Smith River

As many of  you know, floating Montana’s Smith River is one of fly-fishing’s greatest adventures. To do so, you need to draw a limited-entry permit and you need to plan for a four or five day float, depending on how … Continue reading

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