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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 6, 2015 at 9:42 AM

Another dandy coho fishing season expected off the coast and in the Columbia River this coming summer and fall

photoSport anglers on the coast and in the Columbia River can expect another good summer and fall fishing season.

The Oregon Production Index, which provides ocean coho abundance forecasts, was released Thursday, Feb. 5 by state fisheries officials.

The forecast calls for 1,015,000 coho to arrive off the Washington coast, compared to a preseason forecast of 1,213,700 last year and an actual return of 1,666,900 (forecast in 2013 was 716,400 with an actual return of 445,300).

The Columbia subtotal forecast is 777,100 coho compared to a forecast last year of 964,100 and a much actual larger return of 1,240,800.

Summer and fall salmon forecasts including the Puget Sound/Strait of Juan de Fuca region will come to light when state Fish and Wildlife unveils their outlook March 2 at the Natural Resources Building in Olympia. Final seasons will be decided by April 11-16.

 

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