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An overlook of the Klickitat River
An overlook of the Klickitat River, at river mile 28, with Mt. Adams in the background. Photo courtesy of Jeanette Burkhardt, Yakama Nation watershed planner.

Steelhead and Spring Chinook adult spawning migration study in the Klickitat River (Washington)

The Klickitat River has two native salmon stocks, steelhead and spring Chinook, which are listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The headwaters of the Klickitat River are within the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation and there is an active traditional tribal dip net fishery at a waterfall near its confluence with the Columbia River. Fishery biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey are cooperating with Yakama Nation fishery biologists and technicians to conduct a migration behavior study of returning adult steelhead and spring Chinook using radio telemetry. Migration behaviors to be investigated include determining: 1) migration behavior and timing, 2) adult holding and spawning areas, 3) frequency and consequences of fallback at several natural barriers, 4) locations and duration of delay at natural and man-made obstacles to upstream migration, and 5) movement and emigration timing of post-spawn steelhead kelts. This information will be used to help identify and prioritize restoration and conservation efforts.

Staff Contact:

Brady Allen
ballen@usgs.gov


Photo releasing a radio tagged steelhead

USGS and Yakama Nation fisheries biologists releasing a radio tagged steelhead in the Klickitat River, WA. Photo courtesy of Brady Allen, USGS.

Radio tracking on the Klicktat
Radio tracking adult spring Chinook and steelhead by raft in the Klickitat River, WA. Photo courtesy of Brady Allen, USGS fishery biologist.

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