Dams Blamed for Summer Heat-Up

By on November 16, 2015

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Blackmouth Tactics Seminar Scheduled for Woodinville, Wash.

Salmon University publisher Tom Nelson will lead a free seminar on blackmouth fishing tactics on Thursday, November 19 at the Sammamish Valley Grange in Woodinville, Wash (14654 148th Ave NE). The seminar, organized by the Eastside chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers (PSA), will also feature a brief historical lecture about the 16-chapter PSA of which Nelson is the co-founder. The event starts at 7:00 p.m.; more information can be found here.

Anglers who can’t make the Thursday seminar can get a few basic pointers on blackmouth tactics with the help of Terry Rudnick’s article on Salmon University.

Dams Blamed for Summer Water Heat-Up


A new report from the Portland, Oregon-based Fish Passage Center names dams as a culprit in this summer’s river warming that caused fisheries throughout Oregon and Washington to close.

“The problem was this was being portrayed as some freakish combination of natural events, and the point is this is caused by the hydrosystem,” Fish Passage Center director Michele DeHart told the Yakima Herald, which went on to report that,

while the dying fish made headlines, the underlying issues and potential solutions didn’t get much attention this summer. According to the report, water temperatures at dams in the middle Columbia were over 
68 degrees for about 45 percent of the returning salmon season. During the past 10 years, an average of 25 percent of the season was too hot.

Nominations Sought for Sport Fishing Advisory Group


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations for membership on its Puget Sound sport fishing advisory group.  The group meets three or four times a year, with most meetings scheduled February through April during the annual salmon season-setting process, known as North of Falcon. Members also are expected to communicate fishery information and policy decisions to sport fishing groups in their areas, said Ryan Lothrop, a WDFW fishery manager. Nominations must be received by November 30 and may be submitted at PugetSoundRecFishingGroup@dfw.wa.gov or, via mail, to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Attn: Ryan Lothrop, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia WA, 98501-1091. For more information, contact Lothrop at (360) 902-2808.

Groups Organize for Veteran Fishing Access

Salmon for Soldiers, the western Washington-based non-profit that organizes fishing trips for U.S. military veterans, reports their September 17, 2016 fishing event is already about one-third full. According to the group, the event will host 150 boats and, as of last week, 43 had signed-up. More information on the event is available at the Salmon for Soldiers website.

Meanwhile, employees of ITC Holdings, an electric transmission company based in Novi, Michigan, have raised funds to purchase nine Action Trackchairs for injured veterans. The specialized, all-terrain wheelchairs allow easier mobility for outdoor pursuits, like fishing. “These chairs will assist veterans to further pursue their outdoor passion, by providing mobility and freedom,” said Michael Harris of the Michigan chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America, in a written statement.



dam image courtesy Sam Beebe (CC BY 2.0)

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