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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Updated Columbia River salmon and steelhead returns

The Columbia River Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) made up of Oregon, Washington and tribal fishery managers met Sept. 21, and downgraded the Upriver Bright (URB) run to 203,000 fish at the river mouth. The pre-season forecast was 270,000.

The McNary Dam counts through September 21 totals 74,700 adult fall Chinook. Passage is typically 50% complete around September 15. Passage goals at McNary Dam have been achieved annually for over the past 20 years. The current management goal is 60,000 adults.

TAC has reviewed steelhead passage at Bonneville Dam and predicts the total upriver run will be approximately 584,000 fish, including a conservative estimate of 40,000 Group B steelhead. The in-season update reflects a record (since 1984) Group A component while the Group B component is expected to be at or below average.

Buoy 10 Recreational Fishery Update – Through September 13, an estimated 57,000 anglers kept 5,800 chinook and 45,400 coho compared to the preseason catch expectation of 10,700 chinook and 119,000 coho.

The estimated kept sport catch for the mainstem Columbia from Tongue Point/Rocky Point upstream to Bonneville Dam during August 1 through September 20 includes 13,600 adult chinook, 1,000 coho, and 7,100 steelhead from 98,700 angler trips. Preseason, the expected catch was 15,100 adult chinook and 1,900 coho.

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