• Steelhead, bass, salmon fishing closures on Deschutes River this summer

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    Restrictions on Steelhead and bass on the Deschutes are in effect. Learn more here.

    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is announcing restrictions on Steelhead and bass fishing on the Deschutes River starting next week. Closures are also coming later this summer on Chinook and Coho fishing. But Trout fishing remains open.

    Here is the press release from ODFW

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    THE DALLES, Ore.—With another low run of summer steelhead forecast, angling closures for steelhead, bass and salmon will be in effect for parts of the Deschutes River this summer starting as early as June 1.

    The closures are in keeping with the Deschutes River steelhead fishery framework that fishery managers presented earlier this year due…

  • Oregon coastal tribe takes on decline of Chinook salmon through unique partnership

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    The Coquille Indian Tribe addresses the decline of Chinook salmon in the Coquille River in southern Oregon. Read more here. By Chris Aadland, Underscore.news and Indian Country Today

    Helena Linnell stood outside the Coquille Indian Tribe headquarters on a chilly morning in October diligently picking out countless pieces of seaweed tangled in a net.

    The previous day, Linnell and a handful of others, wearing waders and raincoats, had jumped in the frigid waters and stretched the gill net across the mouth of Ferry Creek in the Coquille River watershed near the southern Oregon coast in the hopes of catching fish. All they caught, however, was seaweed.

    Linnell and many of the…

  • Oregon’s coho salmon run breaks record, steelhead numbers decline

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    Record-breaking numbers of coho salmon have made their way home. Find out more here.

    LOSTINE — A record-shattering number of coho has made the long journey from their home streams to the ocean and back.

    Nearly 24,000 coho salmon have made passage through the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River — the last dam between the ocean and the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers.

    The prior record, set in 2014, saw 18,098 coho make their way past the Lower Granite Dam. In recent years, those numbers have fluctuated between 1,449 and 8,178, with 2020 seeing just 7,797 coho return to the Lower Granite Dam. The run this year marks a…