Wind, Drano, Klickitat Spring Chinook Forecasts Out

Spring Chinook fishery managers have announced their forecasts for 2018 returns to several Columbia Gorge tributaries on the Washington side.

They’re expecting a total of 17,500 springers back to the Wind River, Drano Lake and Klickitat River this coming season, 4,000 more than they said would this year and nearly 1,000 more than did return, though they also warn that ocean conditions may produce different results.

DRANO LAKE SPRING CHINOOK ANGLERS SHOW OFF LIMITS CAUGHT DURING THE 2016 SEASON. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

The highlight of the trio is the Drano prediction, where 10,200 are expected, well up from the 2017 forecast of 7,500 and the actual return of 8,900.

The Wind forecast is up from last season’s estimate, 5,300 vs. 3,600, but slightly under how many came back, 5,400.

The Klickitat is down from the preseason prognostication and actual return — 2,000 vs. 2,100 and 2,300.

According to managers, last year’s actual returns were close to the five-year average for Wind and Drano.

The forecast did come with this warning:

“Poor ocean conditions could potentially have negative impacts on spring Chinook returns,” managers say.

As for other rivers, the 2018 forecasts call for:

Columbia (above Bonneville): 166,700 (2017 forecast: 160,400; actual: 115,822)

Upper Columbia: 20,100 (2017 forecast: 19,300; actual: 11,166)

Snake: 107,400 (2017 forecast: 95,800; actual: 51,948)

Willamette:  55,950 (2017  forecast: 38,100; actual: 50,774)

Clackamas: 4,490 (2017 forecast: 8,100; actual: 4,527)

Cowlitz*: 5,000 (2017 forecast: 17,500; actual: 14,000)

Kalama*: 1,400 (2017 forecast: 3,100; actual 2,500)

Lewis*: 3,600 (2017 forecast: 700; actual: 2,400)

* The Columbia mouth forecast for these three tribs is 5,150, 1,450 and 3,700

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