Northwest Salmon
4:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Chinook Salmon Head Up The Columbia In Big Numbers, Though Not Record

Melvin Miller, 60, is a retired Hanford pipe fitter. He was fishing early for Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near Columbia Point Marina in Richland, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Fisheries experts say the return of Chinook salmon to the Columbia River may not quite break records this fall as expected. Last year’s run was a record: nearly 1.3 million strong. But future years may not bring these kinds of mighty schools.

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Chinook Salmon
6:02 am
Wed February 26, 2014

2014 Fall Chinook Returns Could Be Biggest On Record

Officials say this could be the largest fall chinook return on record.
Credit PNNL - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Flickr

The future is looking bright for fall chinook salmon in the West's biggest river system. Predictions are in that this could be another record-breaking year for the fish. Officials say this could be the largest fall chinook return on record.

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Columbia River Seasonal Chinook
7:03 am
Fri September 13, 2013

A Record Year For Columbia River Fall Chinook

“This fall Chinook run is not only big, but it’s got a lot of natural-origin fish going to a lot of different places.” - Stuart Ellis
Credit Lance Koudele/USFWS

It’s going to be a record year for Columbia River fall chinook. With several weeks left in this year’s run, numbers are already close to beating the previous record set 10 years ago.

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NOAA Collaboration
7:24 am
Mon December 17, 2012

NOAA Hopes to Foster Ideas and Future Collaboration

Chinook salmon spawning in a river.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Environmentalists, farmers and irrigators could play a bigger role in creating long term management policies for Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. The government has asked two university programs in Oregon and Washington to act as mediators over the next six months, talking with more than 200 organizations, states and tribes in order to find a better way of managing fish.

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Spring Salmon Numbers
6:05 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Spring Chinook Numbers Lower Than Expected

The salmon run on the Columbia River this spring was not as strong as expected.
Riccardo Rossi Wikimedia Commons

You might remember predictions of really high spring Chinook runs this year. But, turns outs, after spring salmon runs wrapped up, the numbers were not as high as everyone had hoped.

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