Fisheries

Fisheries, both freshwater and saltwater, serve as the proverbial canaries in the coal mine when it comes to water quality.

The condition of the land surrounding the fisheries has a direct impact on the quality of the water, which in turn has a direct impact on the productivity of the fisheries.

Fortunately, fisheries, like wildlife populations, respond to positive changes in their habitat. With careful planning that encompasses land, water and its inhabitants, aquatic environments can be restored.

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Read more about fisheries and management practices:

Flats Fly Fishing at Tarpon Caye Lodge in Belize

  Yellowstone trout fishermen take note: Of all the species that can be taken on fly, permit is the most challenging. And, you can’t go wrong with The Fly Shop.       Flats Fly […]

Yellowstone Fishing License Cost Doubles

“Park user fees are absurdly low.   Using those fees on unwinnable battles to eradicate so-called invasive species, some introduced by the agencies themselves, wastes money badly needed for neglected infrastructure and forest management.  

Fish Crossing – Sweetwater Texas (?!)

Someone is pulling our leg about the location.   You have to love his comment however: “Now we know something besides chickens and crawdads cross the road to get to the other side.”

Why Do at Least Half of All Adult Coho Salmon Returning to Urban Streams in the Seattle Area Die Each Fall Before Spawning?

According to the article below, a chemical used to stabilize automobile tires is washing into streams where silver salmon spawn, and killing them.   Many of the chemicals, fertilizers, hormones and other additives that are […]

Fishing and Managing Idaho Alpine Lakes

Very few high mountain lakes had fish before stocking began in the 1940s.

Deal Revives Plan for Largest US Dam Demolition

“This project will have a very beneficial effect on water quality and salmon.   Moreover, removals are inevitable. These dams are worn out. Because they are economic losers, there is no economic case for spending […]

The Elwha Dams Are Gone and Chinook Are Surging Back, But Why Are So Few Reaching the Upper River?

“As reported below, King Salmon recovery on the Elwha River is going slowly. It will require that wild sea-run fish find their way back into the river, spawn, and then after several years, return to […]

Fishing the Firehole in Yellowstone with Laura and Nichole

Fishing the Firehole, northwest of Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park. Fishing the Firehole In Yellowstone Park from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

When the Otters Vanished, Everything Else Started to Crumble

Quoting the authors of the article below, “In the Aleutian’s delicate seascape, otters hold the entire ecosystem together. As they have disappeared, the rest of the local food web has started to crumble.

Happy July 4, 2020 from Pitchstone Waters Ranch

July 4, 2020 at Pitchstone Waters Ranch in Idaho. July 4th Fishing Picnic at Pitchstone Waters from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

Late 2019 Fall River Fish Numbers Available

Fish populations in the upper Fall River, above and below Pitchstone Waters Ranch, were surveyed in the summer of 2019, as reported below.  

The Elwha’s Living Laboratory: Lessons From the World’s Largest Dam-removal Project

“Quoting the article below: “A river can be restored. They are resilient and we know what they need.”

How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’

The eight dams discussed in the article below are artifacts of a well-intentioned, big-government mega-project that backfired. On the Columbia and Snake rivers, this mindset wiped out a 60-million fish salmon run. . This massive […]

Montana Hunter Reports Killing Grizzly Bear in Self-Defense

Events like these are reduced where bear hunting in some form is permitted. This is  because bear hunting makes bears fearful of humans. Limited hunting of bears in Montana has been stopped by activist wildlifers […]

Colorado Wildfire Killed 80 Percent of River’s Fish Population

The forest agencies maintain their regulations curtailing grazing and logging help fisheries, habitat, wildlife and the public. As this article shows, the opposite is true. An unintended consequence of curtailing active management  is catastrophic wildfire. […]

Fall River Trout. 32 Pounds – not Inches

Just kidding. This is an early-run king salmon taken June 6, 2019, way out on the Alaska Peninsula, Caught on a barbless single-hook, then, released to make babies. There’s nothing better than swinging a fly […]

Energy Development Abuse Threatens Port Aransas and Texas’ Bays and Estuaries

Protect Port A from Port Aransas Conservancy on Vimeo. The idea of lessening regulation to achieve energy independence is a good one until it is catastrophically abused as it is in South Texas’ coastal estuaries. […]

To Restore Salmon, Think Like a Beaver

When Europeans arrived in North America about 500 years ago, it is estimated there were 300 million beavers and 50 million acres of beaver ponds. Within 200 years, 98 percent of this was destroyed, profoundly […]

Restoring Desert Watersheds with Beaver: Back to the Future

Beaver reintroductions can help restore damaged watersheds across the desert Southwest. In far-West Texas, the Rio Grande and its tributaries are obvious starting places. Yet, any ranch having a spring or a creek that flows […]

Needed: A Safer Way to Fight Wildfire

Recently I was touring ranches near Ruidosa, New Mexico, and learned that toxic chemicals contained in fire-retardants like these had washed into their river systems, killing the fisheries which they are now trying to detoxify […]

Turning a Dangerous Arroyo Into a Flood Irrigation Resource in the Deserts of Far-West Texas

Here is how we harvested water out of Circle Ranch’s worst gully, and used it to re-wet 5-miles of desert meadows.