The Oregon Production Index for coho ocean abundance came out this week, and looks somewhat better in paper fish compared to last year.
The grand total coho return is 624,500 expected back this year compared to 556,000 forecast last year and an actual return of 818,100.
The Columbia River early coho stock forecast this year is 216,000 compared to a 245,300 forecast last year and an actual return of 274,300.
The Columbia River late coho stock forecast this year is 146,500 compared to a 144,200 forecast last year and an actual return of 263,600.
Add another coastal subtotal of 12,600 compared to 18,500 and an actual return of 13,400.
The Oregon coastal coho numbers for rivers is 221,600 (131,400 forecast last year and an actual return of 225,900).
The Oregon coastal coho numbers for lakes is 27,800 (16,600 forecast last year and an actual return of 40,900).
State Fish and Wildlife will unveil their forecasts 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 1 at a public meeting in the General Administration Building Auditorium, 11th Avenue and Columbia Street in Olympia. Final seasons will be made April 9-14 in San Mateo, California.
To find out more about what to expect for coho and chinook forecasts and to see what fisheries managers have to say, please read this Sunday’s outdoor notebook column.