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By Andrew Christiansen

Fall Chinook and steelhead forecast encouraging


Late summer and fall fishing on the Columbia River and its tributaries is expected to be excellent this year, if projections by the Joint Columbia River Management staff of the Washington and Oregon departments of Fish and Wildlife are an indication. The July 11 report was prepared for the Columbia River Compact hearing scheduled for July 25 at the Wahkiakum County courthouse in Cathlamet.

The forecast for 2013 return of fall Chinook to the mouth of the Columbia River is 678,600 fish (see table 1), which is 122 percent of the 10 year (2003-2012) average. It is good news considering the disappointing season last year. The Bonneville pool upriver bright count last year was 51,300 which is w...

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