Preliminary Look At 2011 Columbia Fall Salmon

The boys and girls in Vancouver, Clackamas and Portland are busy this week.

Yesterday, WDFW, ODFW and the tribes came out with spring and summer Chinook forecasts for the Columbia (Willamette soon), and today it’s a glance at what may come back this fall on the big river.

LOOKS LIKE ANGIE VOLK'S GONNA HAVE PLENTY OF REASONS TO PUT HER PINK RUBBER BOOTS ON AGAIN AND HIT THE COLUMBIA FOR FALL CHINOOK. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

Ripped straight from the US v OR Technical Advisory Committee’s documents, here’s a general sense of what’s ahead for Columbia Chinook and coho, and a look back at 2010’s runs.

OUTLOOK FOR 2011

  • Total fall Chinook returns to the Columbia River in 2010 were predicted to be 664,800 adults.
  • All stocks appear to be similar to the preseason forecasts with the exception of the Bonneville Pool Hatchery (BPH) stock, which came in less than predicted.
  • Jack returns were average for Lower River Wild (LRW) and Mid-Columbia Bright (MCB) stocks and above average for the Upriver Bright (URB) stock.
  • Jack returns for Lower River Hatchery (LRH) and BPH were below average.

2011 Outlook

  • LRH, BPH and MCB – similar to 2010 returns
  • LRW – improved return
  • URB – above average return
  • Total return – similar to 2010 returns

 

Columbia River Coho

  • 2010 return of about 390,000 was greater than predicted (286,600)
  • Jack return about 20,000 is similar to 2009 jacks but below 10-year average

 

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