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Idaho sockeyes return in second largest numbers since 1950

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo along with Kurtis Plaster, from Idaho Fish and Game released the first sockeye salmon into Redfish Lake Creek in Aug. 2010 as part of a celebration marking the species' record upstream returns.
 (Idaho Statesman)
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo along with Kurtis Plaster, from Idaho Fish and Game released the first sockeye salmon into Redfish Lake Creek in Aug. 2010 as part of a celebration marking the species' record upstream returns. (Idaho Statesman)

FISHERIES — At least 1,071 Snake River sockeye salmon spawners have completed their journey from the Pacific Ocean 700 miles upstream to central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley, making it the second largest return since the 1950s or longer.

Most of the salmon moved upstream in July. When they cross Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River just before entering Idaho — the eighth and final hydro project they encounter up the Columbia, Snake and Salmon rivers — they still have 400 miles to go.

The top sockeye count since Lower Granite was completed in 1975 was 2,201 in 2010. This year’s count is at least 1,502.




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