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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Spring chinook forecast almost half less of last year’s return in tributaries above Bonneville Dam

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The spring chinook forecasts for tributaries above Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River don’t add up to much cheer for the upcoming season.

The forecast for the Wind River is 3,000 fish compared to a forecast in 2012 of 8,400 and an actual return of 5,400.

The forecast for the Drano Lake is 4,900 fish compared to a forecast in 2012 of 9,700 and an actual return of 9,900.

The total spring chinook forecast is 7,900 fish compared to a forecast in 2012 of 18,100 and an actual return of 15,300.

The Wind River forecast of 3,000 is below recent five-year average, and the Drano forecast is about half of the actual 2012 return.

(Photo courtesy of James Yuasa with a nice catch of spring chinook in 2012)

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