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Chinook, sockeye forecasts increased; their future uncertain

FISHING -- As good numbers of salmon continue to move up the Columbia and over Bonneville Dam, fish managers on Monday increased the in-season forecast for summer chinook and sockeye, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department reports.

The updated forecast expects 120,000 adult summer chinook and 507,500 sockeye to return to the Columbia River.

  • The summer chinook forecast is the largest since at least 1960.
  • The sockeye forecast is the third largest on record. P

Preseason forecasts were 73,000 adult summer chinook and 394,000 sockeye.

But many of those sockeye are disappearing upstream before they get to McNary Dam.

Some of those sockeye could be linked to deaths of large sturgeon.

This years warm water and record low flows appear to be less than welcoming to these big salmon runs.

Scientists who are still studying the situation say the warm water conditions could be catastrophic to some fisheries if temperatures don't cool.

Oregon and Washington have both enacted emergency fishing rules for some waters that might help in some cases.

Otherwise, there doesn't appear to be a lot they can do other than watch, study and learn




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