Fishing on river section 01 (downstream from Salmon River) was really good this past weekend with 7 hours to catch a steelhead. We have documented anglers on the Salmon River around Pine Bar and further up river on river section 11 and 12 (Whitebird Creek to Vinegar Creek.) However, there was very little fish caught over the weekend on this section. Check harvest data for more details. - Jaime Robertson, Fisheries Technician,Clearwater Region
The weather was beautiful in Lewiston with highs in the low 80’s. The best catch rates this past week were from US Highway 12 Bridge upstream to Hells Canyon Dam. The guides are taking people out to fish at Heller Bar in force. They spend a lot of time fishing in front of the ramp. They drive to the top of the riffle and drift along the soft water bouncing/drifting bait (usually eggs). It looks like an orchestrated dance between the boats. While we are seeing a lot of effort up the Snake river now we still have quite a few fishermen fishing down in the confluence below the blue bridge (Highway 12 bridge) and up into the Clearwater as far as Memorial Bridge. You can check harvest data on the Fish and Game website. - Jaime Robertson, Fisheries Technician, Clearwater Region
As we celebrate Columbus Day and the “Age of Discovery,” let’s not forget how much there is still to discover in our own backyard.
The Multi-Species Baseline Initiative, or MBI, was created in 2010 to discover and assess species across the Idaho Panhandle and adjoining mountain ranges. Lead by Idaho Fish and Game, MBI is a collaborative of organizations made up of professional and citizen scientists who are conducting standardized surveys for wildlife species and their microclimate requirements.
Illegal marijuana growers may be affecting populations of the Pacific fisher, which is proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Find out how pot farms are poisoning wildlife in the Washington Times.
Native American tribal leaders join religious leader including the Roman-Catholic Diocese asking President Obama to update treaties to ensure environmental stewardship. More details in the Yakima Herald.
Just as computers and the internet revolutionized our lives, these tools have given scientists ways to share their specialized information in ways they could once only imagine.