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December 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Columbia River fish returns for 2012 and preliminary forecasts for 2013

Here is the Preliminary Draft 2012 Adult Salmon Returns and 2013 Expectations for the Columbia River by state Fish and Wildlife:

Willamette Spring Chinook

83,400 predicted return to CR (21% wild) in 2012

65,100 actual return to CR (~18% wild) in 2012

42,600 Age-4; fair jack return (2,078) in 2012

59,600 actual return to Willamette R in 2012

37,200 count at falls in 2012

5,800 actual return to Clackamas in 2012

3,000 Clackamas Hatchery return in 2012

59,800 predicted (2,100 jacks) in 2013

30,600 Age-4 (24K hatchery) in 2013

26,700 Age-5 (21K hatchery) in 2013

21% wild in 2013

47,300 hatchery run in 2013

7,300 Clackamas return in 2013

Cowlitz River

8,700 predicted adult return vs 9,200 actual in 2012

5,500 predicted in 2013

Kalama River

700 predicted adult return vs 600 actual in 2012

700 predicted in 2013

Lewis River

2,700 predicted adult return vs 1,800 actual in 2012

1,600 predicted in 2013

Upriver Spring Chinook

314,200 predicted adult return in 2012

203,100 actual return (65% of forecast) in 2012

10,200 jacks (lowest since 2006) in 2012

141,400 predicted in 2013

Upper Columbia Summer Chinook

91,200 predicted adult return in 2012

58,300 actual return (64% of forecast) in 2012

9,600 jacks in 2012

73,500 predicted in 2013

Mark rate likely less than 60% in 2013

Sockeye

462,000 predicted return in 2012

515,700 counted at Bonneville in 2012

470 sockeye counted at LWG in 2012

180,500 predicted including 1,250 Snake River in 2013

Upriver Summer Steelhead

380,300 predicted return at Bonneville Dam in 2012

230,800 counted at Bonneville in 2012

Below 10-year average in 2012

TBD in 2013

Bright Fall Chinook

466,500 predicted adult return in 2012

Actual returns less than predicted in 2012

Jacks in 2012 highest since ’85 & ’86

2013 will be improved compared to 2012

Tule Fall Chinook

188,400 predicted adult return in 2012

Actual returns less than predicted in 2012

2013 will be similar or less than 2012

Coho

240,800 predicted adult return in 2012

Actual returns less than predicted in 2012

2013 will be improved over 2012

Shad

2.3 million run vs.10-yr average of 3.1 million 2012 increased after 6 years of decline

2013 will see a possible rebuilding trend

Smelt

Apparently good. Larval sampling results 2nd best in past 8 years

2013 abundance indicators mixed

White Sturgeon

Legal estimate 72,700 (vs 80,500 in 2011)

Legal estimate 74,300 in 2013

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