Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: salmon river Idaho
Columbia River Wild Steelhead
First post, think I can follow protocol...apologies in advance.
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.