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Forecasts for a trio of Southwest Washington rivers were revealed today, and the news is improved if you’re a Cowlitz or Lewis River angler, not so good if you work the Kalama.

DAVE RICHARDSON NABBED THIS HEN SPRINGER ON THE COWLITZ THIS PAST SEASON. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

A statement from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and forwarded by Joe Hymer of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, reads:

2009 Returns and 2010 Forecasts

Overall

  • The 2009 total return of adult spring Chinook to the Cowlitz, Kalama, and Lewis rivers were spot on with the pre-season forecasts though where the fish ended up was slightly off.
  • A total of 7,200 adult spring Chinook were predicted to return to the Cowlitz, Kalama, and Lewis rivers in 2009; the actual return was 7,200.
  • The three-year-old jack returns were improved and in some cases the highest in years.
  • The 2010 pre-season forecast for all three rivers is 19,400 adults.

Cowlitz River

  • 2009 actual adult return was 4,900; pre-season forecast 4,100.
  • Largest three-year-old jack return since the early 1990s.
  • The 2010 pre-season forecast is 12,500 adults.
  • The 2010 return would be twice the recent five year average.

Kalama River

  • 2009 actual adult return was 350; pre-season forecast 900.
  • The 2009 return was the second lowest since at least 1980 (338 adults returned in 1985).
  • 2004 and 2005 broods have performed poorly to date.
  • Improved three-year-old jacks returns from the 2006 brood are expected to result in improved four year-old returns in 2010.
  • The 2010 pre-season forecast is 900 adults.

Lewis River

  • 2009 actual adult return was 1,900; pre-season forecast 2,200
  • The 2009 return was the lowest of this decade.
  • Largest return of three-year-old jacks since the early 1990s.
  • The 2010 pre-season forecast is 6,000 adults.
  • The 2010 return would be 20% greater than the recent ten-year average
THIS GRAPH ON P. 58 OF THE 2009 JOINT STAFF REPORT SHOWS THE 2010 FORECAST IS AMONG THE BETTER ONES OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. (WDFW)

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