Monday, March 30, 2015

Interesting Pinnipeds information.....

“Sea lions-eye view” of the Columbia River at the Lewis and Clark Bridge between Rainier Oregon and Longview Washington. Photo: ODFW via National Geographic Critter Cams.

ODFW presentation on the California Sea Lion, Stellar Sea Lion and Harbor seals occupying areas of the lower Columbia River and major tributaries. It provides factual overview data on many of their studies including historical presence, populations, habits and diet including salmonids and sturgeon from the rivers. Provided with supporting information from:
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • National Marine Mammal Laboratory
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
  • Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Bonneville Power Administration 
Read more and find link.........

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Courts Rule on McKenzie Chinook

Spring chinook salmon at Trail Creek Dam on the McKenzie River. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard)
Judge declines to limit chinook salmon release into McKenzie River
State must set a deadline for when it will reduce the releases

Original article:
By Christian Hill
The Register-Guard
March 18, 2015

U.S. Magistrate Judge Tom Coffin ruled that the wildlife agency is complying with adopted plans intended to reduce harm to wild salmon and therefore can’t be held liable for an illegal “take” under the Endangered Species Act.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

With all the drought/climate discussions......

Bull trout (Photo by Bart Gamett, Salmon-Challis National Forest)
Study Develops Forecasts On Which Columbia Basin Streams Will Serve As ‘Climate Refugia’
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
The “Climate Shield” study just published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology uses the high-resolution “Norwest” stream temperature scenarios developed from data contributed by more than 80 agencies with crowd-sourced biological datasets to develop accurate forecasts about specific streams that are most likely to act as climate refugia for native cutthroat trout and ESA-listed bull trout across the Pacific Northwest this century, said Dan Isaak, who along with Mike Young headed the research.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Don't Forget!

It's gonna rain Saturday so you might as well be inside with a good breakfast and fishing type folks....or if you're a diehard you could go and then check out the water nearby and VOILA! Two birds, one stone....

Monday, March 16, 2015

More Elwha reports....

The Elwha River mouth, aerial photo taken Oct. 16 2014  -Tom Roorda/Peninsula Daily News
Elwha: Several New Studies Detail Impacts Of Largest Dam Removal Project In US History
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 (PST)

The effects of dam removal are better known as a result of several new studies released this week by government, tribal and university researchers.

The scientists worked together to characterize the effects of the largest dam removal project in U.S. history occurring on the Elwha River of Washington. New findings suggest that dam removal can change landscape features of river and coasts, which have ecological implications downstream of former dam sites. “These studies not only give us a better understanding of the effects of dam removal, but show the importance of collaborative science across disciplines and institutions,” said Suzette Kimball, acting director of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Five peer-reviewed papers, with authors from the U.S. Geological  Survey, Reclamation, National Park Service, Washington Sea Grant, NOAA Fisheries, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and the University of Washington, provide detailed observations and insights about the changes in the river’s landforms, waters and coastal zone during the first two years of dam removal. During this time, massive amounts of sediment were eroded from the drained reservoirs and transported downstream through the river and to the coast.

One finding that intrigued scientists was how efficiently the river eroded and moved sediment from the former reservoirs;

Friday, March 13, 2015

Mark forwarded a bit of news.....

from ODFW. An interactive map locating all the accessible waters of Oregon - regionally and locally. So GET OUT THERE!

ODFW creates interactive map for anglers with disabilities
 Jan. 27, 2015

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today unveiled a Google-based map that highlights 133 sites across Oregon that may be suitable for anglers with physical disabilities. This is the latest in a suite of interactive maps designed to help anglers find places to fish.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Interesting what others are doing.....

No, we aren't Wales but we also are not the only people learning about wild fish and hatchery fish. The Natural Resources Department of Wales is beginning a new approach on a river system in that country......

Date: 02/10/2014
Press Release

New approach to protecting wild salmon

A major change in the way Natural Resources Wales works to protect wild salmon has been agreed.

A comprehensive review of scientific research found that hatchery-reared young salmon have a much lower survival rate than young wild fish, and can harm existing wild salmon populations.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Don't Forget....

WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 [TOMORROW NIGHT]
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah]

WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. Socializing; meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
WHAT to EXPECT: Jeff Morgan - "The Oddballs"
Jeff is an author, fly fisherman, historian, and professional fly tier. His first book, "An Angler's Guide to the Oregon Cascades" was his senior honors thesis at OSU. Self-published and distributed, it sold over 4000 copies in its first run and has been described as "the best regional flyfishing guide..."
Jeff will be using his knowledge from another of his books "Productive Trout Flies for Unorthodox Prey: The Oddballs" and reviewing those other critters that should be be a part of every trout fisherman's box! 
WHAT to BRING: a story, an appetite, a friend - even a willingness to volunteer - meetings are rather informal, so put out your hand and offer a smile! Food and beverages are available for purchase - second floor banquet room.