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Steelhead are showing signs of a surge at Bonneville Dam

Steelhead counts at Lower Granite Dam on 7-11-2011. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Steelhead counts at Lower Granite Dam on 7-11-2011. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

STEELHEAD FISHING -- Although this year's big flows have delayed the migration of this year's adult steelhead run UP the Columbia River, the surge has begun at Bonneville Dam -- the first dam the fish hit as they come inland from the ocean. 

Within a week or so, the trickle over upstream dams, including Lower Granite Dam downstream from Clarkston, should improve to more of a flow.

Last year at this time, around 200 steelhead a day were climbing over Lower Granite, the last Snake River dam before the fish head into Idaho or the Grande Ronde River.

This year, fewer than 10 a day are being counted at Lower Granite.



Rich Landers
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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