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December 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Early outlook for fall salmon returns to Columbia River

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Here is the preliminary Columbia River fall chinook returns and outlook for 2013 by state Fish and Wildlife:

Total fall chinook returns to the Columbia River in 2012 were predicted to be 654,900 adults. Actual total returns are less than forecast – About 10 percent less.

URB and BPH stocks appear to have performed close to predicted. The remaining stocks came in less than predicted.

Bright stock (URB, MCB, LRW) jack returns were above average. Tule jacks (LRH, BPH) were similar to recent years.

2013 outlook

Bright stocks should be strong – above average and similar to 2012.

Tule stocks appear to be less than average.

Total return should be less than 2012 actual returns.

The Columbia River coho in 2012 return was less than predicted. Jack returns was about 23,000, which is greater than past two years and similar to 2009 jack returns.

(LRH – Lower River Hatchery stock; LRW – Lower River Wild stock; BPH – Bonneville Pool Hatchery stock; URB – Upriver Bright stock; and MCB – Mid-Columbia Bright stock)

(Photo by Mark Yuasa)

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