The Salmon Cannon: Could this help migrating fish get over dams?

Fish ladders have long been used to help salmon and steelhead migrate up over dams, but some dams are too high and ladders just aren’t a feasible solution.

Well, now thanks to a new technology called the Salmon Cannon, migratory fish may be able to get over some previously impassible barriers.

A company called Whooshh Innovations looked at their own existing technology used to transport delicate produce, like ripe tomatoes or apples, without damage using vacuum pressure. They were able adapt their system to safely give fish a boost, and thus, the salmon cannon was born.

You can read the whole story here

The World Record Halibut…that Wasn’t

Photo: Alaskan Anglers Inn

Photo: Alaskan Anglers Inn

The massive 482-pound Pacific halibut that was caught in July near Glacier Bay, Alaska, won’t be recognized as a world record. Despite besting the current all-tackle record of 259 pounds, the fish was shot and harpooned boat side (which is the safe way to get a huge halibut aboard), thus disqualifying it from IGFA record consideration.

Still, angler Jack McGuire of Santa Ana called it a “catch of a lifetime.” All 92 inches and nearly 500 pounds of it!

El Nino may send Exotic Species to California

Photo: Mark Rayor/Jen Wren Sportfishing

Photo: Mark Rayor/Jen Wren Sportfishing

While NOAA has backed off on their predictions of a huge El Nino headed our way, there are already signs that we’ve got warm water moving up the California coast. Only time will tell, but exotics are already showing off the coast, including fish like dorado, tuna and hammerhead sharks!

Click HERE for a list of the Top 10 Exotic Fish we may see this fall.

Trace Levels of Fukushima Radiation Found in Oregon Tuna

Well, it’s a good news-bad news type of situation: Albacore tuna caught off the Oregon coast have been found to have slightly elevated levels of radioactivity from the Fukushima Daiichi power station in Japan.

But scientists say that so far the health risk is low. In fact, you would have to consume more than 700,000 pounds of the fish with the highest radioactive level – just to match the amount of radiation the average person is annually exposed to in everyday life through cosmic rays, the air, the ground, X-rays and other sources, the authors say.

So, at this point, it looks like catching and eating tuna this year shouldn’t be an issue.

Read the whole report HERE

Get dialed in on Salmon Plugging Techniques

Plug Fishing for River Salmon
River salmon season set to open in California’s Central Valley on July 16 and if you’re feeling a little unsure about your plug fishing techniques when using lures like Kwikfish and FlatFish, check out my eBook.

For only $2.99, you’ll learn how to back-bounce, flat-line and hover plugs the right way. There are also detailed gear rigging photos and diagrams – and lots of info on how to pick the right plug size, model and color for each situation.

All for about 1/2 the price of a salmon lure!

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Feds Considering Killing Salmon-Eating Cormorants

CormorantThe colony of double-crested cormorants on East Sand Island near the mouth of the Columbia consumes about 11 million juvenile salmon per year and the Feds have had enough.

Because of the carnage inflicted by the birds, Federal officials are proposing to kill half the large colony of cormorants that nest there. On the island, the cormorant population has increased from 100 breeding pairs in 1989 to about 15,000 breeding pairs today — which makes it the largest cormorant colony in western North America, representing over 40 percent of the region’s cormorant population.

Read the entire story at the Statesman Journal