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By Andrew Christiansen

Steelhead numbers climbing, a prelude to expected record run of Chinook salmon


Andrew Christiansen

JUMPED IN: Phillip Kachlamut pulled a net from Lyle Falls to remove a fish that had jumped into the net as it attempted to make it up stream through the most difficult part of the journey to spawning grounds. Katchlamut tended to two large nets set in front of the falls and worked a smaller dip net from a different stand a few feet further downstream.

Steelhead numbers climbed rapidly at the dams along the Columbia River Gorge this past week, fulfilling the promise of great fishing for 2014. The early run of steelhead is greater that the 10 year average and even better than last year's count. Early salmon runs were much above normal and the prediction is for huge numbers this fall.

Forecasts for the fall Chinook run of 2013 proved to be twice the prediction that was made early in 2013. This year the prediction is for a total return in the Columbia River of 1,602,900 fall Chinook, which would be the largest return since 1938, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Total steelhead run is expected to be about 20 perc...

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