by Eric Barker
Lewiston Tribune, April 26, 2011
There was a sign of life for the 2011 spring chinook run at Bonneville Dam Monday.
For the first time this year, the daily fish counts there hit four digits. The official count for Monday was 1,019. The season total is 4,845, still far behind the 10-year average of more than 73,000. But it's a start.
Fishing is open on parts of the Snake River in Washington and portions of the Clearwater, its North and South forks, the Lochsa, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers in Idaho as well as the Snake River in Hells Canyon.
As of Monday, only 29 chinook had made it past Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River west of the Lewiston-Clarskton Valley.
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