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February 15, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Columbia River fall chinook return forecasts looks fairly good

Here is a look at the Columbia River fall chinook forecasts for 2012:

Lower River Hatchery – LRH: 2012 forecast is 127,000; 2011 actual return was 109,300; and 2011 forecast was 133,500.

Lower River Wild – LRW: 2012 forecast is 16,200; 2011 actual return was 15,200; and 2011 forecast was 12,500.

Bonneville Pool Hatchery – BPH: 2012 forecast is 63,800; 2011 actual return was 69,600; and 2011 forecast was 116,400.

Upriver Bright – URB:2012 forecast is 353,500; 2011 actual return was 325,100; and 2011 forecast was 398,200.

Snake River Wild – SRW*:2012 forecast is not available; 2011 actual return was 14,900; and 2011 forecast was 17,500.

Bonneville Upriver Bright – BUB:2012 forecast is 24,600; 2011 a ctual return was 28,600; and 2011 forecast was 37,600.

Pool Upriver Bright – PUB:2012 forecast is 66,200; 2011 actual return was 56,300; and 2011 forecast was 62,400.

Columbia River Total:2012 forecast is 651,300; 2011 actual return was 604,100; and 2011 forecast was 760,600.

*-Subset of URB

2012 Forecasts

LRH – About 40% greater than the 10-year average (91,700).

LRW – Similar to 10-year average (15,000).

BPH – About 40% less than the 10-year average (100,300). Similar to 2011 actual return.

URB – 4th largest return since record keeping began in 1964.

BUB – Similar to 2011 actual returns and about half of the 10-year average of 46,100.

PUB – About 1/3 greater than the 10-year average (46,100).

Total forecast of 651,300 Columbia River fall chinook is similar to the last two years’ actual returns and greater than the 10-year average of 569,400.

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