This year’s run of fall Chinook up the Columbia will go down in history as one of the best ever in terms of numbers and harvest.
Here are the latest figures from ODFW’s Jimmy Watts, via PSMFC’s Joe Hymer:
During the last five days of October, anglers on the lower Columbia made 3,330 trips and caught 1,090 adult fall Chinook (1,042 kept and 48 released), 117 adult coho (3 kept and 44 released) and 2 steelhead (kept).
The catch of over 6,300 adult Chinook on the lower Columbia during the month of October 2015 established a new record by over 4,600 fish; and the catch of 1,090 adult fall Chinook during the last 5 days of October was higher than the total Chinook catch for the entire month of October in all but three of the past 40 years.
For the fall season (Aug. 1-Oct. 31), the 132,300 angler trips are the 4th highest since at least 1977 (record 147,300 in 2011). Also the 41,886 adult Chinook kept is a new record since at least 1969 (old record 31,879 adults in 2013).