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Salmon numbers meet or exceed forecast

The Adams County Record of Council, Idaho

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Fisheries managers see a strong Chinook salmon season in Idaho. The increases fish numbers counted in the Columbia River, include more than 17,000 counted passing Bonneville Dam in one day.

Although current counts of the upriver 2014 spring Chinook run at Bonneville are only reflective of the front half of the run, those numbers have been robust and Idaho's fishery managers are now fairly certain the run will come in at, or above the preseason forecast. That is good news on top of good news for Idaho salmon anglers because the forecast already predicted the 6th highest return in the last 20 years. Thousands of salmon are passing Bonneville Dam each - day. On April 30, workers counted 17,409 Chinook (the 17th highest single-day count on record).

It is still too early to numbers available for harvest, but it's safe to say it will be significantly more than were available in 2013.

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Original Publication Date: May 21, 2014

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