Fishing

Fall Columbia River salmon outlook looks good

Anglers should look for fall fishing in the Columbia River in 2015 to be similar to the record and near-record fisheries of the last two years.

That is the preliminary assessment released Tuesday by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The total fall chinook returns should be similar to the 2013 and 2014 record actual returns, according to state fish biologist Joe Hymer.

The news is almost as good for coho. Early projections for 2015 call for a return of adult coho approaching 1 million fish, Hymer said.

Here are other highlights from the preliminary report:

2014 PRELIMINARY RETURNS











2015 CHINOOK OUTLOOK





COHO COUNTS







Hymer said more detailed fall Chinook forecasts, showing counts by age and stock, plus the final 2014 returns should be available by mid-February.

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