Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Spawning Methow Steelhead

photo courtesy of Bobby Foster

Check out these great photos of spawning wild steelhead taken by Bobby Foster in a high elevation tributary of the Methow River. Steelhead in the Upper Columbia are listed as threatened, yet a few thousand fish make the 500 plus mile journey from the sea and return each year to spawn. These fish provide a link to a time gone by, when the Upper Columbia supported a vast abundance of both steelhead and salmon, serving as a beacon of hope that wild salmon and steelhead can hang on in the face of the industrialization of the Columbia River watershed. Thanks for sharing Bobby!

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