Monday, July 27, 2009

Record Coho Run Expected For Columbia

Over 700,000 Coho salmon are predicted to return to the Columbia this year making it the best year for Coho since 2001. While it is still early to tell, excellent ocean conditions and flows during the juvenile outmigration in 2007 should mean a great run of Coho to the Columbia system this year. Consequently the limit for hatchery coho on the lower Columbia will be 6 fish this season. Summer Steelhead numbers have also been ramping up and the return is expected to be close to the 10 year average of 350,000 fish, through Thursday the 23rd 35,000 unclipped fish had passed Bonneville with more to come throughout the late summer and early fall. Fall chinook are also expected to make a strong showing this fall with over 500,000 fish expected to return to the Columbia system. While the forecasts are encouraging, the actual returns remain to be seen, preseason run forecasts for Spring Chinook were considerably overstated. See more information at the Columbia Basin Bulletin.

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