Salmon Returns In Columbia Could Be Near-Record Low

Chinook Salmon

Those dam ocean conditions.

Look on the bright side, it’s not quite as bad as last year.

Anglers can expect another poor year for spring and summer chinook salmon returning to the Snake River and its tributaries, according to a forecast from a group of state, tribal and federal fisheries managers.

The Technical Advisory Committee is forecasting about 56,400 spring and summer chinook bound for the Snake River will return at least as far as the mouth of the Columbia River, about 53 percent of the 10-year average. The forecast includes 9,600 wild fish and 46,800 hatchery fish.

Bill Tweit of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said sport and commercial fisheries in the lower Columbia River are likely to be constrained by predicted low returns of chinook to lower Columbia River tributaries. Hatchery returns to the Cowlitz, Kalama and Lewis rivers are unlikely to meet spawning targets.

LINK (via: Moscow Pullman Daily News)

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