Latest Salmon News

Federal judge sides with fish in Klamath water dispute

May. 1, 2018 3:35 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from Klamath Basin farmers and ranchers to ease their water situation this spring. A court injunction requires the Bureau of Reclamation to hold 50,000 acre-feet of stored water in Upper Klamath Lake through early June to flush away a deadly...

Sea lion relocation fails to protect Willamette Falls fish

Apr. 28, 2018 3:02 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife says its latest attempt to discourage savvy sea lions from feasting on native fish at Willamette Falls has proven to be an exercise in futility. The agency reports more than 25 California sea lions and Steller sea lions continue to prey on...

US House moves to reverse order to aid salmon

Apr. 25, 2018 8:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that would reverse a federal judge's order to spill more water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean. The bill, approved 225-189, would prevent any changes in dam operations until 2022. It was sponsored...

2 Alaska fishermen charged with killing Steller sea lions

Apr. 19, 2018 8:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged an Alaska salmon boat captain and a crew member with killing 15 endangered Steller sea lions nearly three years ago. Thirty-one-year-old Jon Nichols of Cordova, skipper of the Iron Hide, and 21-year-old deckhand Teddy Turgeon of Wasilla also are...

Deal approves $216 million for Idaho utility's expenses

Apr. 18, 2018 6:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have approved an agreement allowing a utility company's $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission issued the order last Friday that allows Boise-based...

Justices skeptical of Washington state over salmon habitat

Apr. 18, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems unlikely to allow Washington state to get out from under a court order to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in a long-running dispute that pits the state against Indian tribes and the...

Republicans criticize spill of dam water to help salmon

Apr. 15, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Republican Congress members from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge's order to spill water from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean. They say the water could be saved for other uses and are denouncing the spill, which began April...

Southern Oregon anglers get 100-day chinook season

Apr. 11, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One year after a crash in Klamath River salmon returns sparked a full-scale closure, sport anglers off the southern Oregon coast are on track for a 100-day chinook season from mid-May through late August. The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the framework for ocean-salmon...

Court OKs boosting water spill to aid fish at Northwest dams

Apr. 2, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Monday affirmed an order to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead and aid their migration to the sea. The decision came after U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon of Oregon ruled last spring that the U.S....

From farms to salmon swamps in Svensen

Apr. 1, 2018 3:02 AM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The southern banks along Svensen Slough, a side channel of the Columbia River, have transformed over time from historic spruce swamp into fields diked off by European settlers for farming. Clatsop County and three private property owners along Bear, Mary's and Ferris creeks, all...