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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-07-2013, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Columbia River Wild Steelhead

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I am cautiously optimistic with the columbia fish counts so far this year. Overall numbers are down, but the ratio of "wild" fish to hatchery fish is up over recent years. I understand that some of the unclipped B-run fish are hatchery fish that are intentionally unclipped (so the story goes) and there are some hatchery strays. Is anyone else encouraged by this ratio, or do you think this is a small sampling statistical outlier?

I must admit that I am a little pleased with the lower hatchery numbers on the Columbia. Seems to make the Snake, Ronde and Salmon a little roomier these days.
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Have you heard more about what the numbers look like on the Salmon lately? I'm a little confused by some of the reports I've been reading.
We'll be headed to our cabin in MT soon. We're a little better than a half hour from North Fork/Salmon, ID. Hoping that the count improves before we get there. Thanks,

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Wild counts are already higher this year than through 12/31 of last year. So that's promising. Looks like total numbers will be up, as well. Kings are off the hook this year if that means anything...
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when looking at snake river counts remember that some of those fish
passed over in April and were last years fish

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