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May 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Columbia River spring chinook return appears to be better, but still short of preseason expectations

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Here are some updates on the Columbia River spring chinook returns:

Bonneville Dam passage of spring chinook through May 13 totals 110,500 adults.

Yesterday’s (Sunday, May 13) count was 8,786 spring chinook; on Saturday it was 7,284; May 11, 5,381; May 10, 7,200; May 9, 18,436; and May 8, 12,000.

The spring chinook forecast now looks much better than what was thought early last week although it will be nowhere near the forecast of 314,200 at the river mouth.

The Technical Advisory Committee met today (Monday, May 14), and updated the river mouth run size of spring chinook to a range of 192,000 to 217,000 with a point estimate of 202,000.

The non-Indian sport fishery for hatchery steelhead, hatchery chinook jacks, and sockeye from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge will open as scheduled beginning May 16.

The non-Indian sport fishery for shad from Bonneville Dam downstream will open as scheduled beginning May 16.

A Joint State hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday May 17 to consider non-Indian fisheries.

(Photo by James Yuasa)

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