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Tag: Columbia River smelt


2012 smelt forecast shows signs of improving, but fisheries likely to remain closed

While the 2012 smelt forecast for the Columbia River and its tributaries is favorable, both recreational and commercial fisheries are expected to remain closed this year,
The 2012 run is forecasted to improve from 2011, but is still expected to be at a low level, said Joe Hymer, state fish biologist. He said this year’s run could possibly be better than the past couple of years but will still weaker than the brief rebound years of 2001-2003.

On May 17, 2010, Columbia River smelt, also known as eulachon, were federally-listed as threatened under the Endangered Species

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Smelt are running, but rivers are still closed

A video is getting lots of attention, but anglers need to remember that smelt fishing is closed in th Columbia River and its tributaries.

Joe Hymer, state fish biologist, reported this morning:

“Just a heads up that we are getting reports of smelt in the Cowlitz River and some of the other tributaries.

“Please remember in Washington, all freshwater – including the mainstem Columbia and tributaries – and saltwater areas are closed to fishing for eulachon (Columbia River smelt).”

The video shows a school of smelt running up the Cowlitz River, holding close to the bank.

Here is

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