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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 8, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Columbia River spring chinook return figures still not living up to preseason expectations

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Here are some updates on the Columbia River spring chinook return provided by state Fish and Wildlife:

Bonneville Dam passage of Chinook through May 7 totals 51,427 adults. Last year, 100,746 had been counted through the same period. The recent 10 year average is 103,070.

Yesterday’s count of 9,081 adults was the season high to date. Last year, the season high was 15,766 adults counted on May 1.

The U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met yesterday to review the status of the upriver spring Chinook run. TAC did not provide an update but stated the run will not meet the preseason forecast of 314,200 at the river mouth.

The recent 5-year and 10-year average 50% date is May 7 and May 6; therefore there was not enough information for TAC to update this year’s run size.

The current season total upriver catch (kept and release mortalities) in all non-treaty fisheries is 14,056 fish. A final upriver run size of 154,500 is required to remain within catch balance and impact limitations for completed fisheries and Select Area commercial fisheries (through May 4).

A final upriver run size of 160,000 is required to remain within catch balance and impact limitations for completed mainstem commercial, lower Columbia recreational fisheries, the Bonneville to OR/WA border recreational fishery, and projections for planned Select Area commercial (thru 6/15) and Snake River fisheries (thru 5/13).

(Photo by James Yuasa)

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