Quick news from Washington and Oregon fisheries managers: Buoy 10 will “continue as planned.”
That means, unless there’s a whopper catch, Chinook will remain open through August and coho will switch to 3-fish limits starting Sept. 1.
Through August 19, they say that anglers have caught 3,200 Chinook and 9,200 coho on a guideline of 10,700 kings and a quota of 119,100 coho.
It’s unclear where the closure rumors originated, but possibly confusion with the offshore Columbia River Zone coho catch that has ramped up quickly in August.
Also in the news: Following last week’s huge steelhead numbers at Bonneville, managers upped the A-run forecast by nearly 150,000 fish to 425,000.
That plus more than 50,000 B-runs means that Eastern Washington and Oregon as well as Idaho will see almost 500,000 steelhead this summer, fall and next winter.
So far, over 375,000 have gone over Bonneville, say managers.
“Only two yearly summer steelhead counts at the dam have surpassed 400,000 – the record total of 630,200 in 2001 and a follow-up run of 478,000 in 2002,” reports The Columbia Basin Bulletin this afternoon.