Driven by irrational exuberance.
I like the looks of this steelhead run over Bonneville so far:
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.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?
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.
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!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?
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?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.