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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 24, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Columbia River fall chinook projected returns still very good, but steelhead and coho are down

Here is the Technical Advisory Committee’s (a group of state, tribal and federal fisheries managers) report on the state of Columbia River fish returns:

The TAC met Monday, Sept. 23, to review upriver summer steelhead, fall Chinook and coho run sizes.

TAC further downgraded the B stock steelhead to 15,000 fish total, including 3,700 wild fish.  This compares to a preseason forecast of 31,600 Group B fish.  TAC stayed with last week’s Group A steelhead run size projection of 205,000 fish total, including 86,000 wild fish (compared to 291,000 Group A fish forecasted).

TAC stayed with last week’s projections for Chinook salmon of 832,500 adult URBs (compared to 434,600 forecasted) and 69,000 BPHs (compared to 36,300 forecasted).

TAC downgraded the projected number of early coho salmon at Bonneville to 29,000 fish, which compares to 96,000 fish expected.  The early coho run at Bonneville ends on September 30 and the late coho run will start on October 1.

TAC will meet again on Monday, September 30 to further review the run sizes.

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