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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 12, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Spring chinook fishing seasons mixed bag in tributaries above Bonneville Dam

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The spring chinook forecasts for Drano Lake look good, but the Wind River return could be about half of what was seen last year.

“We’re going to see about 60 percent of last year’s return to tributaries above Bonneville Dam,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “Drano Lake had a record return last year, but this season still looks good.”

The Drano Lake forecast is 12,600 spring chinook, compared to 28,900 forecast last year with an actual return of 24,400 the largest since 1970. The 10-year average at Drano is 10,300.

The Wind River forecast is 4,900, compared to 14,000 last year (actual return was 10,000), with a 10-year average of 11,800. The Klickitat River forecast is 2,100, compared to 4,500 (1,900), with a 10-year average of 2,000.

Sport seasons will be decided by end of February or early March.

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