FISHING — Uh-oh. Not only have the steelhead been slow to come up the Columbia River and in to the Snake — many of the fish we thought would be coming won't be coming at all.
Fish managers from Washington and Oregon have downgraded their forecast of A-Run steelhead moving up into the Columbia system.
Despite that, there's a bunch of steelhead already in the system and many of them are ready to start pouring over Lower Granite Dam any day.
But here's the not-so-great news just released by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
- The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met Monday August 27 to review steelhead stock status. TAC updated the forecast for Group A upriver summer steelhead to 191,000, or 61.3% of the 311,800 fish preseason forecast.
- The 191,000 Group A steelhead return would be the lowest since 1999 (176,500).
- TAC agreed it was too early to update the Group B run size, but recognized Group B passage was tracking less than expected, indicating the Group B run may also be less than forecast.