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December 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Columbia River upriver spring and upper summer chinook forecasts released

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The Columbia River spring and summer chinook forecasts were released Thursday, and it looks to be an average return although nailing down what will actually happen is like finding a needle in a haystack.

The upriver spring chinook forecast is 141,400 compared to a forecast of 314,200 and an actual return of 203,100 last year.

Upriver spring chinook are destined for areas upstream of Bonneville Dam and Snake River.

The Upper Columbia summer chinook forecast is 73,500 compared to a forecast of 91,200 and an actual return of 58,300.

The Upper Columbia summer chinook migrate to areas upstream of Priest Rapids Dam.

Both stocks of chinook generate a good number of fish to sport fisheries in the Columbia River.

(Photo courtesy of Washington Fish and Wildlife)

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