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Understanding this year’s forecast for the Clearwater River

In Idaho by Eric Crawford

Currently fishery managers are forecasting a steelhead run on the Clearwater that may rank as the fourth best among the ten-year average . With any luck we may be seeing a turnaround from some of the most underwhelming runs on record. We should be cautiously optimistic, though and here’s why.

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Can-Kicking Lower Snake River Dams Record of Decision Released

In Columbia River, Idaho, Oregon, Snake River, Washington by Kyle Smith

The ROD adopts the preferred alternative developed through the agencies’ environmental impact statement process. The decision recommends a limited increase in the amount of water spilled over the four dams on the Lower Snake River, but allows the dams to stay in place at a significant cost to salmon, steelhead, tribes, anglers, and communities across the Columbia Basin.

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Opportunity for fish and anglers on the Clearwater

In Idaho by Eric Crawford

The Clearwater River has seen its fair share of low points over the last five years, from depressed steelhead runs to spring/summer Chinook runs that underwhelm the communities reliant on these runs for their economies. But there is one shining bit of good news on this river: the status of fall-run Chinook.

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Lower Snake plan: An opportunity, not a solution

In Idaho by Shauna Sherard

Last month, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration released the final environmental impact statement for future operations of the Columbia River System, including four dams on the Lower Snake River.

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The Perfect Honeymoon Suite for Wild Steelhead

In Idaho, Oregon, Snake River, Washington by Eric Crawford

When it comes to the Lower 48, it’s undeniable. The Snake River basin is the last best place to restore salmon and steelhead. And that isn’t just bias coming from an Idaho guy who loves and cherishes the wild landscapes and waters of the Gem State. The Snake River basin was once the preeminent producer of summer steelhead to the …

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Snake River Week: Why We Need a Free-Flowing Snake River

In Columbia River, Idaho, Oregon, Snake River, Washington by Kyle Smith

Science shows the four lower Snake River dams have negative impacts on salmon and steelhead. If we want to recover those fish, the dams must come down. This morning, Wild Steelheaders United and Trout Unlimited launched Snake River Week. We’ll take a look at TU’s new report- “Why We Need a Free Flowing Snake River.” Throughout the week, we’ll bring …

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COVID and steelhead: how anglers can stay safe and sane during the pandemic

In Alaska, California, Columbia River, Idaho, Oregon, Washington by Jonathan Stumpf

It’s been close to a month now since the first wave of stay-at-home orders were issued here in the Pacific Northwest due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Anxiety, fear, confusion, sadness, and anger, are all emotions that I’m sure we’ve all felt at one time or another as close to 92% of United States is under a stay-at-home order because of …

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Meet the Team: Eric Crawford

In Idaho, Meet the team by Kyle Smith

Home town: Moscow, Idaho Home waters: Living in very close proximity to both the Clearwater and Snake Rivers it’d be hard to show anything but equal deference for the two. Favorite way to catch steelhead (gear, fly, etc.)? I’ve got to be honest, I’m an equal opportunity angler. Whatever technique is going to catch fish on that river system I’m doing …