Remember Monday’s insane shad numbers at Bonneville?
Third most ever!!!
Oh, my god, the dam’s failing there are so many shad battering against it!!!!
There’s a slight update to report.
The Army Corps of Engineers has since revised its initial 497,738 count for June 19 down to 247,366.
True, that’s still a creditable effort for this year’s run, but more workmanlike than anything to get all cray-cray about.
Quarter-million shad days, while not overly common, do happen as the annual run peaks, a review of the records show.
Broadly speaking, there have been three so far this week, and early June 2004 saw five of them in a row.
But there’s a bit of a difference between a quarter and a half mil.
So what happened with Monday’s tally, the one that sent this “reporter” and a certain peddler of fancy fish “factoids” into OMG! mode?
We turn to Corps spokesman Karim Delgado in Portland for an explanation:
“I just got off the line with our natural resources team,” he reports by email this morning. “It seems there was a technical glitch in our count recording system, which has since been resolved. The count was redone based on a recording of the fish passage window and the fish counters arrived at 247,366 in the recount.”
For shame, for shame.
Still, that’s a buttload of fish, and it stands to reason there are a few biters amongst them.
For deets on how to fish for shad, go here.