FISHING — This year's sockeye run to the upper Columbia River is about a third the size of the 2012 run, but don't let that discourage you.
Last year's return of more than 500,000 sockeye was a record to behold.
This year's estimate of about 155,000 still offers plenty of opportunity. (The run forecast was lowered from 180,000 on Monday)
The sockeye are coming over Bonneville Dam at the rate of 4,000-7,000 a day, totaling 121,750 so far.
- 32,084 have moved over Priest Rapids Dam.
- 19,947 over Wanapum Dam.
- 12,947 over Rock Island Dam.
- 7,699 over Rocky Reach Dam.
- 3,380 over Wells Dam.
The catch and keep season on much of the river opened Monday with anothe stretch to open July 16.
See this story by Rob Phillips of Yakima for some good tips toward getting on top of this fishery, especially for anglers with boats.
In a forecast revision released on Monday, federal, state and tribal fish managers predict 60,000 summer kings will return to the mouth of the Columbia River this season.