Striper hunting in steelhead country
TU’s Wild Steelhead Initiative shifts into turbocharge—and takes on a voracious predator Oregon’s Umpqua River features some of the most famous salmon and steelhead waters in America. It’s an amazingly productive watershed by almost any measure. Trout Unlimited volunteers and staff have worked hard to keep it that way. I tested this productivity on a…
On the North Umpqua, a win for science and wild steelhead
TU and Wild Steelheaders support Oregon decision to help decimated wild summer steelhead TU’s Wild Steelhead Initiative is firmly committed to the principle that the best available science must guide steelhead fisheries management. But as our wild steelhead populations continue to decline in virtually every watershed in their native range, too often we see steelhead…
A lost steelhead history
Thanks to a new study, we now have a better sense of how many steelhead once returned to fabled OP rivers.
Study of past data shows declines are steep; more closures in Washington and elsewhere may become the norm. Last week, steelheaders in Washington State were dealt another tough blow with the early closure of the coastal winter steelhead season. Anglers in this region were already fishing under a second season of emergency regulations, implemented in…
The home float
As the old Toyota truck bounced over the river rocks and headed toward the water I couldn’t help smiling to myself. My brother and I sat together in the cab, our dad behind the wheel. He was dropping us at the river for a day fishing, like so many times before. “You guys be careful,”…
The Phoenix in the Elwha River
Editors note: This piece originally appeared in the opinion section of the Spokesman-Review. It is often difficult, if not impossible, to restore wild places to their former ecological and aesthetic glory once human development has altered them. But in some cases, the vitality of wild places can be recovered. The Elwha River on Washington state’s…
Why support hatchery steelhead in the upper Willamette?
By Dean Finnerty Editor's note: Steelhead management requires balancing of competing consumer demands, statutory requirements, science and politics. Hatchery steelhead weaken wild stocks, but help keep our fishing heritage alive. Where habitat conditions are favorable, we should manage for wild steelhead; where they aren’t, as in the upper Willamette between Dexter Dam and the Calapooia…