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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 24, 2010 at 1:56 PM

A crowning moment for the Columbia River king salmon run

While a lot of attention is on the sockeye run in the Columbia River, the chinook and summer steelhead runs are also doing well and providing some glory moments for anglers of late.

Chinook counts at Bonneville Dam from June 16 -23 total 23,114 adults. Summer chinook passage is typically 50-percent complete by June 30. The preseason forecast is 88,800 fish.

The Technical Advisory Committee a group of fisheries managers from Washington, Oregon and the tribes is scheduled to meet again on June 30 to update the summer chinook run size.

The sport summer chinook fishery is currently scheduled to be open for retention of adipose fin-clipped adults and jacks from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Priest Rapids Dam from June 16-July 31.

Retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead is also allowed under permanent rules. Sockeye retention at this time isn’t allowed.

During June 16-20, an estimated 850 adult chinook were retained and 308 released (73-percent mark rate) from 10,000 angler trips.

High flows and low visibility have likely reduced chinook success rates during the early portion of this fishery. An estimated 760 sockeye were released during May 16-June 20.

The summer steelhead counting period at Bonneville Dam began April 1 and continues through June for upriver Skamania stock.

Through June 23, summer steelhead counts at Bonneville Dam total 17,022 fish (5,125 wild). Counts to date have exceeded the preseason forecast for Skamania steelhead of 16,400 fish (3,300 wild).

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