This is news Columbia River spring chinook salmon seekers didn’t want to hear.
The Technical Advisory Committee – a group of Washington and Oregon, and federal and tribal fishery officials have downgraded the Columbia adult spring chinook run to 75,000 at Bonneville Dam and 83,000 at the river mouth.
The preseason forecast was 160,400 adult spring chinook to the river mouth.
The shad return early on isn’t looking very rosy either.
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Though early, only 21 shad have been counted at Bonneville Dam through Sunday, May 14.
It’s the second lowest number of shad counted at the dam since 1986, and the fewest are 16 fish counted through May 14, 2012.