Well, here we go again with the predictions, but for what it’s worth: Preseason salmon forecasts look good this year for Washington ocean and Columbia River Chinook salmon, along with Puget Sound coho and humpies. Here’s what the fisheries managers are calling for:
About 760,000 fall Chinook are expected to return to the Columbia River this season. That’s about 112,000 more Chinook than last year’s return and would constitute the fifth largest run since 1948, said Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River policy coordinator for WDFW.
More than half of the Chinook forecast – about 398,000 salmon – is expected to be “upriver brights” headed to the Hanford Reach area and the Snake River. That would be the second largest run of upriver brights since 1964, when fishery managers began keeping records, said LeFleur. Click here to read more…