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Chinook salmon run making up for late start

FISHING — Here's the latest on Columbia River spring chinook, just passed on minutes ago by Joe Hymer of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department:

Bonneville Dam passage of chinook through May 3 totals 68,752 adult fish.  Daily counts have dramatically increased, with the counts for the past three days accounting for nearly half the total passage. 

Based on the recent five-year average, which includes four late-timed years, passage is typically about 35 percent complete by May 3 and the average 50 percent passage date is May 8.

The chart above shows how the spring chinook salmon run is making up for its late start in migrating up the Columbia River over Bonneville Dam. Nearly 16,000 springers climbed past the dam in one day!

Fishing effort is picking up at Drano Lake and other tribs and hot spots up the river.

Time to get in gear.