2016 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Forecast
2016 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Forecast is to be 188,000, which is a great number for returning Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon. The true question is will the 2016 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Forecast be the actual return for 2016, if so Columbia River Fishing will be good fishing for 2016. Last year the Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon return was 280K, which was more than the predicted run. On the flip side to that, we have seen predicted runs that don’t pan out leading to tough fishing.
The Cowlitz River return of Spring Chinook Salmon is predicted to be 25,000 for 2016. If it is forecast correct this will be the largest return of Spring Chinook Salmon run for the Cowlitz River since the 70s. The Kalama River Spring Chinook Salmon return looks to be decent for 2016, predicted run of 4,900 returning Spring Chinook Salmon.
If these forecasts are correct we will have a great 2016 Spring Chinook Salmon Fishery. I will start on the lower Columbia River Mid-March and targeting Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon until it shuts down for retention. Then I will start Willamette River Salmon Fishing, Wind River Fishing and Drano Lake Fishing.
I will start fishing the Wind River & Drano Lake when the lower Columbia River closes for Spring Chinook Salmon retention and when the Willamette River / Multnomah Channel slows to produce Spring Chinook Salmon. This is usually the second or third week in April when I move up the gorge.
Last year I had a great Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon season on the Lower Columbia River and in the Columbia River Gorge, I hope to have the same success in 2016.
Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Fishing… Get Out and Fish!!!