Posted By: Nick Chambers

Science Friday: Predictions for Columbia/Snake River summer steelhead and a new study on ocean distribution

Winter steelhead season is winding down, if not over in some rivers. Time to regroup and prepare for summer runs!   This Friday we have a science two-pack for you.   First, a bit of cautious optimism. More steelhead are predicted to return to the Columbia River basin this year than in the past two … Continued

Lessons from a steelhead rescue and captive rearing program on California’s Carmel River

By: Natalie Stauffer-Olsen, Staff Scientist, TU’s California Science Program   One of the things that I have always admired most about O. mykiss is how adaptable and resilient they are. The rainbow trout, in both its resident and anadromous forms, evolved to take advantage of the most abundant habitats for their different life history stages … Continued

A follow up to last week’s post: What is happening to steelhead in Hood Canal?

Last week we reviewed a study on a novel hatchery steelhead program that was implemented in a Hood Canal stream to help save and rebuild a population of wild steelhead that were on the brink.  As part of the post, we highlighted the non-traditional methods that were used and why those may have helped the … Continued

Science Friday: Can innovative methods for a wild broodstock hatchery rebuild a depleted wild population

This week we send you off with a review of a recent before-and-after study on hatchery steelhead published by Barry Berejikian and Donald Van Doornick (find the study here).  The goal of this long-term study, conducted in a handful of rivers in Hood Canal, Washington, was to determine if a well-designed hatchery program could help … Continued

Science Friday: Deschutes River (Oregon) rainbow and steelhead, how much do they overlap during spawning?

First Friday of the New Year, and we are serving up a fresh batch of steelhead science to help you further appreciate the remarkable relationship between resident and sea-going forms of O. mykiss.   In this post, we review a study published in 2000 by Christian Zimmerman and Gordie Reeves, two scientists that have contributed … Continued

Trouble in Idaho

By Michael Gibson:   No matter how you frame it, wild steelhead in Idaho are in big trouble.     While wild steelhead numbers have never really rebounded—as expected—after the listing of the species in 1997, 2017 and 2018 returns have been exceptionally poor. In 2017, fewer than 12,000 wild fish cleared Lower Granite Dam, … Continued

The Maury Povich Steelhead Show: You are all the father

Took a short break from our Science Friday posts to do some actual science (on Olympic Peninsula winter steelhead) and to weigh in on some important policy issues. But now, like anglers looking for fresh winter chrome: we’re b-a-a-a-c-k.   As you know, in the Science Friday forum we discuss a wide range of topics … Continued

The General Practitioner

  By: Sean Dahlquist   Today’s post was graciously provided by Sean Dahlquist. Sean lives on the Olympic Peninsula, where he loves fishing for steelhead and trout, and of course, tying flies. Not only is Sean a fine tier, but he is also a historian on the topic.  Check out Sean’s Instagram @sean_dahlquist page for … Continued

Can a Wild Coho Salmon Population Recover Following Closure of a Hatchery Program

Today’s post is the conclusion of our two part guest series on the recovery of Coho in Oregon’s Salmon River. (Click here for last weeks post) Lately we have shared several studies on Pink and Coho salmon, which provide important lessons for salmonid recovery efforts across a range of species and watersheds. Perhaps the most … Continued

Science Friday: Restoring the River Salmon: The Coho Return

Today we are re-publishing an excellent article by Dan Bottom on the remarkable against all odds recovery of Salmon River Coho. This article was originally written for and published by the Reflections program at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology near Otis on Oregon’s Salmon River.   This article was submitted by Dan Bottom, … Continued