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Catch-and-release mortality in Idaho steelhead fisheries


January 2019 - December 2021


Steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss is one of the most ecologically and economically important species in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in Idaho. Steelhead fisheries in Idaho currently focus on hatchery fish that are reared and released to mitigate for the negative effects of the hydrosystem. Because hatchery fish use the same waters as wild fish, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act, Idaho’s fisheries are permitted and managed such that “impact rates” on wild steelhead populations are not exceeded.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 11

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 5

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 28

Scientific Publications: 100

Presentations: 250



Funding Agencies

  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game


Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Idaho
  5. Wildlife Management Institute