Fishing Report: Klickitat River guides are happy to see Fish runs looking good for the 2013 Summer season.
OLYMPIA - Fishing prospects look bright this year for chinook in Washington\'s ocean waters and the Columbia River, according to preseason salmon forecasts released today at a public meeting in Olympia.
Columbia River: Nearly 678,000 fall chinook are expected to return to the Columbia River this season. About 80 percent of those fish are \"bright\" stocks, most of which are destined for areas above Bonneville Dam, including the Hanford Reach and Snake River.
Brights are really the foundation of the recreational fishery, \"and with the numbers we are expecting there is good reason to be optimistic about this season,\" said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for WDFW.
Columbia River fisheries also are expected to benefit from a significant increase in coho numbers. The abundance of Columbia River coho is forecast to be about 501,000 fish. That would be better than the five-year average and total nearly three times as many fish as last year\'s actual abundance.