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Spring chinook outlook mixed in local rivers

September 19, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Spring chinook outlook mixed in local rivers | Filed in: pllavecyf.

first_imgSpring chinook salmon returns in 2017 are forecast to be dismal in the Lewis River, poor in the Willamette River, but pretty good in the Kalama and Cowlitz rivers.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife this week released predictions of 700 spring salmon back to the North Fork of the Lewis, 3,100 to the Kalama and 17,100 to the Cowlitz River.The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is anticipating 40,200 to the Willamette River.Many Southwest Washington anglers fish in the lower Willamette, particularly Multnomah Channel, after lower Columbia catch allocations are filled and the season closes.Multnomah Channel is the portion of the Willamette that flows on the west side of Sauvie Island.In 2016, the Willamette run was 49,800 compared to a prediction of 70,000. Sport catch was 5,846 spring chinook, with another 144 wild fish dying as a result of release mortality.The Willamette forecast includes 2,100 jack spring chinook, 27,100 4-year-olds and 10,800 5-year-olds.“Both major adult age components encountered poor ocean conditions which generally results in reduced survival,’’ said Jeff Whisler, a biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “The Willamette return is forecasted to be lower relative to the 2016 return, similar to forecasts for other Columbia River spring chinook, like the upriver stocks and other lower river stocks.’’last_img read more

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