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August 9, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Columbia River fall chinook counts highest at Bonneville since 1989

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Here are some updates on fish returns to the Columbia River provided by state Fish and Wildlife:

Fall Chinook dam counts

  • 6,247 adult fall Chinook have passed Bonneville Dam through August 7.
  • The counts for the past three days are the highest daily counts for those dates since 1989.

Steelhead dam counts

  • Counts of steelhead at Bonneville Dam for July 1-August 7, 2013 total 96,758 fish.
  • To date, the total counts is tracking less than expected but daily counts over the past three days have been above average.
  • Passage at Bonneville Dam (July-October) is typically 50% complete by August 14.

Lower Columbia mainstem sport

  • During August 1-4, anglers made 6,700 trips on the Lower Columbia and caught 185 adult Chinook (171 kept and 14 released) and almost 3,500 summer steelhead (1,547 kept and 1,930 released).

 

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