Steelhead counts at Bonneville

#5
I am all about braving the heat (or the cold at that matter) when it comes to steelhead. I can't wait to get down to the Deschutes when the time is right.
 
#6
Paul,

Look at the wild fish counts, they have been exceeding the 10 year combined trend for about 10 days...if this keeps up the wild fish could catch the 10 average. Is this mainly due to increased flow from the dams?
 

Evan Burck

Fudge Dragon
#7
My fate for late July and August is sealed! I've been watching these the past two months, and am just now getting a huge steelboner
 

Dustin Bise

Active Member
#9
evan make sure you hit me up. i rafted a certain unamed river last weekend and spotted multiple fish. ill be around this area on and off, opefully we can hook up.
 
#13
Paul,

Look at the wild fish counts, they have been exceeding the 10 year combined trend for about 10 days...if this keeps up the wild fish could catch the 10 average. Is this mainly due to increased flow from the dams?
Yes. In the last several years, Judge Redden responded to pressure by State of Oregon, Nez Perce Tribes and a coalition of other organizations advocating for salmon/steel by mandating that the Snake and Columbia River dams spill more water for out-migrating smolts. This was actually a court order. This year the coalition pressed the feds (NOAA) to spill more water for fish coming back in 11 (and beyond). This ensures that fewer juvenile fish are beat to hell in a barge or truck between lower Granite Dam and Bonneville dam. Every year the BPA/NOAA tries to wiggle out of spilling water for fish and run it through turbines for power... Anglers should continue to watchdog this.
Run the river like a river and fish respond...
 
#14
A link to data on fish counts and data on the Columbia/Snake mainstems:
http://www.fpc.org/

And we should all remember what Jerry posted once everyone else from the farmers to the barge owners to the nuclear power lobby starts taking credit.
 
#15
Yesterday saw 2,059 wild fish go through Bonneville, exceeding the 10 year average of all fish by over 450 fish. 11th day in a row wild fish have exceeded the 10 year average. Could we see 1,000,000 fish this year?

Anyone know where these early fish are heading?