Multiple courts have ruled that the federal government’s approach to steelhead and salmon restoration on the Snake is misguided and a massive waste of taxpayer money. They’ve ordered the government to explore a new approach, but now new legislation authored by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is trying to mandate that we stick with our broken management strategy.
In May, we said goodbye to our dear friend Les Johnson, who was a steelhead icon and a founding member of the Wild Steelhead Coalition. Born and raised in the heart of Steelhead Country, Les devoted his life to writing about and protecting the iconic fish that captivated him throughout his illustrious life.
Projections for wild steelhead returns on the Columbia looked atrocious this year, and the early returns have been even worse than originally expected. If things don’t get better soon, we may be looking at the worst wild steelhead runs in the Columbia’s recorded history.
On March 9th, Brian Knutsen presented an oral argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Wild Steelhead Coalition, The Conservation Angler, the Federation of Fly Fishers Steelhead Committee, and Wild Fish Conservancy about the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s hatchery on the Elwha River.
The Wild Steelhead Coalition is proud to be a funding partner of WDFW’s Hoh River Steelhead Research Program, a years-long effort to better understand steelhead biology and ecology, fill information gaps needed for steelhead management, and improve resiliency of steelhead populations.
We are excited to launch of our new campaign Steelhead Country! The campaign is a collaborative creation that features a six-episode film series produced by Shane Anderson that explores the rise and fall of angling for wild steelhead in Washington and asks anglers to take action and bring back Steelhead Country.