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Mon., July 23, 2012, 4:19 p.m.

Steelhead are on their way to the Snake

STEELHEAD FISHING -- Anglers have been catching a few steelhead in the Snake and Clearwater Riers, but as the charts reveal, the fish that have been moving over Bonneville Dam -- first they reach on the Columbia - are just beginning to show up in bigger numbers at Lower Granite Dam -- last dam on the Snake before the fish reach Idaho waters.


2012 Steelhead Count
From July 1 to November 30
Dam Date of Count Daily Count 2012
Total To Date
Total To Date
Average of Last 5 Years
Bonneville July 22 3,713 41,441 40,207 62,712
Lower Granite July 22 59 677 1,253 2,550
  • Counts include wild and hatchery origin fish. Most steelhead bound for Idaho cross Bonneville Dam between July 1 and October 31.
  • Information on numbers of steelhead crossing the Columbia and Snake River dams is taken from data posted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and is updated weekly during the counting season.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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