Steelhead counts at Bonneville

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Paul Huffman, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. Paul Huffman

    Paul Huffman Lagging economic indicator

    I like the looks of this steelhead run over Bonneville so far:
  2. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

    Now I need to find someone who wants to brave 100 degree heat to fish for metalheads with me :)
  3. fredaevans

    fredaevans Active Member

  4. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

    Looks GREAT to me! :thumb:
  5. Andrew Lawrence

    Andrew Lawrence Active Member

    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. Split Bamboo

    Split Bamboo Member


    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?
  7. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

    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
  8. Jmills81

    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

  9. Dustin Bise

    Dustin Bise Active Member

    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.
  10. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Evan will be swinging the that is truly committed.
  11. Ralphie

    Ralphie Mike Ralph

    I can see the logic in that.
  12. Jamie Wilson

    Jamie Wilson Active Member

    schwinging it
  13. Jerry White

    Jerry White Member

    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. Guy Gregory

    Guy Gregory Active Member

    A link to data on fish counts and data on the Columbia/Snake mainstems:

    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. Split Bamboo

    Split Bamboo Member

    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?
  16. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

    Hopefully to my fishing hole!
  17. Jerry White

    Jerry White Member

    True enough... thanks for posting the fish passage center link. Great site. I have attached a document that the fpc put out assessing the importance of spilling water over dams as a contributer to the great steelhead returns in 09/10. Pretty Wonky but great stuff! It is clear that the FPC feels that the science is pointing to (forced) spill being very important in getting more of our fish back.
    Better get some GB skunks tied up!
  18. Andrew Lawrence

    Andrew Lawrence Active Member

    In addition to the over all numbers of both hatchery and wild fish combined, the trend noted above concerning the large number of wild fish passing through Bonneville is what is getting me really excited!
  19. Split Bamboo

    Split Bamboo Member

    Buried in the report was a table showing the increased % of non clipped hatchery fish. In 1998 it was less than 1% in recent years it had increased to around 15%. Anyone have any ideas why? Were these native broodstock that were spawned at a hatchery?
  20. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

    more are released unclipped to guarantee that they remain unharvested and return to the hatchery. Many of these could be from Idaho hatcheries, or another possibility is that with many hatcheries putting out a reduced #'s of fish, more are unclipped to keep #'s returning to the hatchery consistent...and costs down