Ron Roler stated the reduced steelhead figures mimic other data out of this year’s salmon and steelhead runs. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist at Olympia stated spring chinook figures were lower, the Columbia River sockeye count is well below forecast and sea fishing signifies an undesirable run of coho should be expected. A-run steelhead, coho and sockeye have a tendency to spend only one year within the sea before coming back to freshwater to spawn. This past year, poor people sea conditions and tepid to warm water blob of 2015 were blamed for that low returns. The sea conditions have improved some, but Roler stated it seems the modification wasn’t quick enough to assist fish coming back this season.
It’s too soon to panic, but counts of steelhead passing Bonneville Dam are already lagging behind individuals of 2016. Steelhead in the A-run, individuals that have a tendency to spend only one year within the sea, are coming now and will also be adopted through the B-run at the end of August and September.
The A-run is forecast to become a little much better than last year’s dismal return — which some biologists known as an entire year-class collapse — but nonetheless well substandard. The B-run is anticipated to become terrible.
LEWISTON — By all accounts, 2017 never was said to be a banner year for steelhead.
“We were fully expecting a really lower B-run and never exceptional of the A-run, but much better than this past year,” stated Joe DuPont, regional fisheries manager for Fish and Game. “Now it can make us a little uneasy.”