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Under-average Snake River steelhead run gears up

Chart shows Snake River steelhead returns over Lower Granite Dam, with updates to July 28, 2013. (Fish Passage Center)
Chart shows Snake River steelhead returns over Lower Granite Dam, with updates to July 28, 2013. (Fish Passage Center)

FISHING — The chart above gives an indication that the early stage of the steelhead run continues to trickle over Lower Granite Dam at a lower than average rate, but still with promise of good fishing.

Steelhead are moving over Bonneville Dam on the Columbia at a rate of about 4,000 fish a day and over Lower Granite upstream on the Snake at about 100 a day.

The total since July 1 at Bonneville Dam is 46,560 compared with 63,719 last year at this time.  The five year average for this date is 96,469.

The total since July 1 at Lower Granite Dam is 845 compared with 1,095 last year at this time.  The five year average for this date 3,709.




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