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Huge daily counts of summer chinook running over Bonneville Dam

Summer chinook fish counts at Bonneville Dam. (Fish Passage Center)
Summer chinook fish counts at Bonneville Dam. (Fish Passage Center)

FISHING -- How big was the 3,994 adult summer chinook count at Bonneville Dam on Tuesday?

 "It was the largest count for the date since at least 1939," says Joe Hymer, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife salmon expert in Vancouver.

"The previous record was 1,434 fish on July 14, 1953.

Most of those fish are bound for the Upper Columbia River.

The Columbia River summer chinook return is on an overall pace to be the largest since 1960.

Some of these fish also are branching off toward Idaho.



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