More news is coming to light as state Fish and Wildlife plans to set the spring chinook fishing season for the Columbia River on Wednesday.
According to a story published by outdoor reporter Al Thomas in the Vancouver Columbian, fisheries managers plan to adopt a sport season that will begin March 1 and likely stay open until April 7.
Here is a link to the Vancouver Columbian story for more details http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/jan/23/lower-columbia-spring-chinook-fishing-projected-st/.
This comes on the heels of a 2014 upriver Columbia River spring chinook prediction of 227,100 compared to a forecast last year of 141,400 and an actual return of 123,100. If the run actually pans out then it would be the fifth-largest return since 1980.
The breakdown is the Upper Columbia portion of the spring chinook forecast is 24,100 in 2014 compared to a forecast last year of 14,300 and an actual return of 18,000.
The Snake River spring/summer component of the spring Chinook forecast is 125,000 in 2014 compared to a forecast last year of 58,200 and an actual return of 67,300.
The Snake River wild spring chinook forecast is 42,200 in 2014 compared to a forecast last year of 18,900 and an actual return of 21,900.
The Wind is expecting 8,500 spring chinook compared to a forecast last year of 3,000 and an actual return of 3,600. At Drano the tally is 13,100, up considerably from 4,900 and 7,300. The Klickitat will see a slight bump with 2,500 compared to 2,200 and 1,800.
In the Lower Columbia, the Willamette River on the Oregon side, is expecting 58,700 spring chinook (59,800 was forecasted in 2013 and the actual return was 47,300). The Cowlitz forecast is 7,800 (5,500 and 9,500); Kalama is 500 (700 and 1,300); and Lewis is 1,100 (1,600 and 1,800).