Cow, NFL, Kalama Springer Forecasts Out

Southwest Washington salmon managers are predicting a poorer 2011 spring Chinook run on two of three Lower Columbia tribs.

They say that 6,600 will come back to the Cowlitz and 600 to the Kalama, according to an email forwarded to fisheries biologist Joe Hymer this afternoon.

This past spring saw 8,900 and 750 back, respectively. The forecasts had been 12,500 and 900.

Something of a bright spot is that the North Fork Lewis’s forecast of 3,400 is more than the actual return last spring, 2,800. An even 6,000 had been forecasted, though.

SHARINE SIMPSON'S KALAMA SPRINGER. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

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