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Updated: Snake steelhead run a shadow of past years

Steelhead counts at Lower Granite Dam, Sept. 17, 2012. (Fish Passage Center)
Steelhead counts at Lower Granite Dam, Sept. 17, 2012. (Fish Passage Center)

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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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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