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NW Fishletter
NWF.287/April 19, 2011
Selective Fishing Methods May Help Future Wild Runs

Commercial fishermen may be netting more hatchery-raised Columbia River salmon in a couple of years, with less impact to ESA-listed stocks than now occurs, if another year of research bears out current trends. ...more

2010 Juvenile Survival Through Hydro System Near Record Highs

Federal biologists say added spill and spillway weirs at most federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers kept juvenile fish survival high last year, despite the relatively low flows. ...more

Salmon Fishing Boosted Off California, Cut Off Washington

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has given California and southern Oregon commercial fishermen months of salmon fishing to look forward to this year, but off the Washington coast it's a different story. ...more

Columbia Spring Chinook Run Late Again

With wild water conditions over the last few weeks, huge flows at Bonneville Dam and lots of spill, harvest managers expected that the spring chinook run would be a little late at Bonneville Dam. But once flows slowed, the count at the fish ladder has stayed slow, too. ...more

Water Supply Up A Whopping 9 Percent From March

With continuing precipitation and cool weather, Northwest snowpacks were expected to keep building into April, according to Corps of Engineers' comments at the Apri TMT meeting in Portland, where fish managers and dam operators discuss hydro operations. ...more

Oregon Works On Building Chum Population In Lower Columbia

The Oregon Depratment of Fish and Wildlife announced last week it had released more than 100,000 juvenile chum salmon into a Lower Columbia tributary, hoping to jumpstart the tiny fish population, which is listed for protection under the ESA. ...more

PGE'S Pelton Round Butte Fish Facility Garners Two More Awards

PGE's innovative fish-collection facility at its Pelton Round Butte project won two major awards this month. ...more

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