OK, so maybe I’m watching the 2011 spring Chinook run a weeeeeeeeeeee bit too close (work with me here, it’s a distraction from watching the wolf wars too closely), but I couldn’t help but notice that Tuesday saw the year’s first double-digit day at the dam.
Ten springers were counted at Bonneville Dam on March 22.
Man, that seems late in the year, I thought.
Turns out it ain’t, though.
I started working the DART site, and since 1990, at least four other runs had a later first double-digit day.
2006 (April 12, 12 springers)
2005 (April 6, 15 springers)
2007 (March 27, 10 springers)
1996 (March 24, 12 springers)
Most years seemed to see the first 10-plus fish over the dam in the first three weeks of March.
The earliest I found was 2001, when 10 Chinook poked their noses over the dam on February 25.
That whopper run’s first triple-digit day was March 19 (416) and first quadruple-digit day March 30 (1,200).
OK, that’s a wee bit more information than anybody actually needs, but for what it’s worth …