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Science Friday- What Have We Lost?

In Columbia River, Oregon, Science Friday, Steelhead Files by Kyle Smith

Imagine going back in time 100 years to the Columbia River. What do you think the steelhead looked like then? How long were they? How much did they weigh?   In the early 1900s scientists working with the federal Bureau of Fisheries visited the Columbia River, which was considered the center of steelhead abundance for the Lower 48 – and frankly, …

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Homewater Guardians and a Chance to Win Free Stuff!

In Oregon by steelheaders

Every steelheader has one place they consider “their own”.  It’s the river or stream that he or she spends the bulk of their time on. If it has both a summer and winter run component, they’ll fish it year round. They intimately know every nook, cranny, riffle, tailout and bucket.  They’ll likely have “secret” parking spots where the presence of …

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Columbia Basin Partnership report offers new vision for salmon and steelhead

In Oregon by steelheaders

The Columbia Basin Partnership has been flying mostly under the radar, but it could be the forum with the greatest potential to make a great leap forward in recovering wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin.  Why, you may ask?  Because it is the one place where all of the major stakeholders in the basin – tribes, utilities, water …

Throwback Thursday- Voluntary Beatdown Part II

In Oregon by steelheaders

This post is part of our Throwback Thursday series and originally appeared on the now deceased blog “Voluntary Beatdown.”  Author Jason Koertge can be found on Instagram @bacon_to_fry.  Thanks to Jason for letting WSU revive your epic work as one of the best fishing experience writers we’ve had the pleasure of reading. RIP VB.     Let’s face it critters: …

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Carving a path through the debate over upper Willamette steelhead

In Oregon by steelheaders

  Carving a path through the debate over upper Willamette steelhead   There are no easy decisions in the world of steelhead conservation and management, but some issues are more difficult than others, such as hatcheries.   Although the science on hatcheries is solid and critical to guiding management of wild steelhead, there is a role for hatcheries, as long as …

Frank and Jeanne Moore Honored by Senator Wyden, Conservation Community

In Oregon by steelheaders

  Looking down over Winchester Dam and the spring flows of the North Umpqua River, Umpqua Community College’s Danny Lang Event Center was packed with river lovers, conservationists, and anglers of all stripes last Tuesday, at a banquet dinner honoring Frank and Jeanne Moore and the recent creation of the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area on …