Drano, Wind, More Springer Forecasts Out

Columbia River salmon managers are forecasting “another strong return” of spring Chinook back to Drano Lake this season.

BRIAN HAWKINS SHOWS OFF A PRAWN-CAUGHT SPRINGER FROM DRANO LAKE, LANDED ON A BLUSTERY DAY LAST APRIL. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

In a document released by ODFW and WDFW this morning, they say 12,600 will run back to Little White Salmon River, which flows into the lake.

That’s above the 10-year average of 10,300, they report, but just around half of what came back last year. Managers had forecast a bumper run of 28,800 while 24,000 actually made it back, “the largest return observed since at least 1970.”

The nearby Wind River is predicted to see 4,900, “about half of the 2010 return.”

The Klickitat will get 2,100, just above the 10-year average.

The Yakima is predicted to see 10,300 adult springers, 600 fish above the 10-year average.

The Drano, Wind, Klick and Yak stocks are included in the forecast of 198,400 above-Bonneville-bound springers back to the mouth of the Columbia.

And managers say 13,300 will return to the Select Area Fisheries at the mouth of the Columbia, including 11,000 to Youngs Bay and 1,900 to Blind/Knappa Slough. That’s about 54 percent of how many were caught in the commercial fishery here last year. The waters do provide a small recreational fishery.

Another 104,000 are forecast for the Willamette River.

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