104K Willamette Springers

Willamette River Chinook managers expect a run of 104,000 springers in 2011, a couple thousand more than returned in 2010, which was the 7th best year since 1970.

Over 62,000 of the kings are forecast to be 5-year-olds with another 40,000 4-year-olds. Around 83,000 will come in missing an adipose fin.

WILLAMETTE SPRINGER. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

The numbers come from a fact sheet put together for a joint state-Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association meeting later this week.

It adds that anglers will likely see the permanent regulations for the Willamette and Clackamas.

It also contains forecasts for other stocks which came out last week, including 198,400 above-Bonneville-bound springers, 91,100 summer Chinook and 161,900 sockeye.

There are also figures for the Cowlitz, Kalama and North Fork Lewis springer returns, out today.

It’s too early yet for an upriver bright forecast, but managers are guessing it will be above average.

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