Fall Chinook and Coho are currently spawning! The rivers, streams, and lakes of Oregon and Washington are home to a diverse array of fish species and the BLM is committed to the restoration and protection of the aquatic habitat. Salmon and trout species found on BLM-managed lands include bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, redband trout, steelhead trout, and chinook and sockeye salmon. Five of these species (bull trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, steelhead trout, chinook salmon, and sockeye salmon) are on the Endangered Species Act list in all or portions of their distribution.
The BLM is actively working to address the management of fish and their habitat in District Resource Management Plans and through such initiatives as the Northwest Forest Plan, PACFISH and InFish. The BLM is also a member of the Federal Caucus, which is a group of nine federal agencies with management responsibilities for listed fish species. The Caucus works together to improve interagency coordination and management of all the factors that influence fish survival: habitat, hatcheries, harvest, and hydropower operations.
Also, through active management, BLM strives to achieve resilient aquatic and riparian habitats, conserve listed species and their habitats, and maintain water quality and availability for its many beneficial uses. As part of its 2015 Strategic Plan, Oregon/Washington BLM has identified Priority Watersheds to focus on future restoration needs with the available workforce and budget.
See exactly which watersheds that the BLM has focused our nation's resources at: http://www.blm.gov/or/progr...
• Fall chinook spawning occurs in the Rogue Valley from early October through early January.
• Coho salmon spawning in Douglas County peaks in late November through early December.
• Fall chinook spawning in coastal rivers occurs now through mid-December, peaking in mid-November.
• Coho salmon spawning is mid-November to early February. Spawning peaks in December in the Coos system and late December to early January in the Coquille.