Snake Steelhead Run a Shadow of Past Yearsby Rich Landers
Spokesman-Review, September 17, 2012
FISHING -- The numbers over the dams tell the story of this year's downsized steelhead run to the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
What the numbers don't say is that anglers putting in their time are catching fish, and having a good time doing it.
More than 1,600 fish a day have been moving up over Lower Granite Dam.
How many do you need?
Read on for the latest update, posted Monday afternoon, on Columbia River system steelhead and fall chinook run sizes.
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met today (Sept. 17) and updated fall Chinook and steelhead run sizes.
Fall Chinook -- Returns to mouth of the Columbia:
Stock Update Pre-season
Upriver Brights (URBs) 308,300 353,000
Bonneville Upriver Brights(BUBs) 23,000 23,900
Pool Upriver Brights (PUBs) 58,500 66,100
Bonneville Pool Hatchery (BPH) 63,500 60,000
Upriver Summer Run Steelhead -- Returns to Bonneville Dam
Group A 185,000 331,800
Group A wild 64,800 91,800
Group B 20,000 52,800
Group B wild 4,200 13,400
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