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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013, 8:45 A.M.

Spring chinook jack count near record pace

FISHING -- On Tuesday, anglers got a heads up from an Idaho fisheries manager that jack counts were the highlight of this year's spring chinook run.

He wasn't kidding.

Washington Fish and Wildlif Department fisheries manager Joe Hymer in Vancouver points out that through May 9 the total of 18,032 spring chinook jacks counted at Bonneville Dam is only 97 fish off the record count for the same day logged in 2009.

That year ar record of nearly 82,000 jacks were counted through June 15 (the end of the spring Chinook count at the dam). 

So we're on a possible record pace.

Jacks are good eating... and the future for adult returns is bright.

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