Nearly 678,000 fall chinook are expected to return to the Columbia River this season. About 80 percent of those fish are “bright” stocks, most of which are destined for areas above Bonneville Dam, including the Hanford Reach and Snake River.
Brights are really the foundation of the recreational fishery, “and with the numbers we are expecting there is good reason to be optimistic about this season,”
Columbia River fisheries also are expected to benefit from a significant increase in coho numbers. The abundance of Columbia River coho is forecast to be about 501,000 fish. That would be better than the five-year average and total nearly three times as many fish as last year’s actual abundance.
A total of 114,675 angler trips were taken on the Lower Columbia last season, with 13,332 adult spring chinook kept (11,105 kept from April 1-22) and 2,409 released.
2012 Lower Columbia River numbers (caught by sport fishermen)
- 13,900 Chinook and 8,000 coho
- Chinook retention 8/1-9/3 (1 fish limit)
and 10/1-12/31 (2 fish limit)
- Coho retention 8/1-12/31 (2 fish limit)
- 63,400 angler trips
- 18,400 Chinook and 7,400 fin-clipped coho kept
Lower Columbia Fall Chinook:
- 8/1-9/9; 9/10-16 (MSF); 10/1-12/31 Tongue Pt.-
Warrior Rock, 8/1-12/31 Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam 2 fish limit (1 Chinook thru 9/9)
- 128,800 angler trips (2nd highest)
- 22,400 adult fall Chinook kept (3rd highest)
- 3,700 Chinook released
- 4,200 jacks kept
- 900 clipped coho
- 5,600 steelhead kept, (3,500 released)
2013 ADULT SALMON COUNTS BONNEVILLE DAM TO DATE: