Good Spring Chinook Fishing in Tributaries Above Bonneville
by Mark Yuasa
Spring chinook continue to migrate into the Columbia River in good numbers as were reflected in fish counts at Bonneville Dam.
"The run is catching up to the 10 year average, and things are looking pretty positive," said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. "Fishing in tributaries above Bonneville (at Drano Land and Wind River) have been really good at times and slower on other days. It has been very crowded too."
So far this season, the total count of spring chinook is 93,766. Counts the past week at Bonneville Dam are: 13,907 on May 2; 10,860 on May 3; 7,461 on May 4; 4,079 on May 5; 4,250 on May 6; 4,456 on May 7; and 4,058 on May 8.
The spring chinook fishery on the Columbia River mainstem above Bonneville Dam closed Sunday (May 8), but had a two-day extension.
State fisheries and other members of the technical advisory board of the Columbia River Panel were reviewing updated in-season run size estimate on Monday, and could meet as soon as Tuesday to determine if opening the Lower Columbia below Bonneville is possible.
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