Friday, July 30, 2010

Managers Forecast Huge Run of Fall Chinook on Columbia


The Fall Chinook fishery on the Columbia River opens August 1st and managers are forecasting a return of more than 650,000 fish which would make this fall the largest return of fall Chinook since 2004. Coho are also commonly caught in the late summer fishery on the Lower Columbia, however after last summers record return of Coho, managers are forecasting a more normal return this fall, with 286,000 coho expected to return to the Columbia this season. While the preseason Chinook forecast is reason for optimism, there is considerable uncertainty associated with preseason forecasts. This year's spring Chinook run was initially forecast to be the largest on record, but ended up falling roughly 100,000 fish short of the expectations.

More information on this year's Fall Chinook and Coho forecasts in the Columbia Basin Bulletin:

http://www.cbbulletin.com/393664.aspx

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