2016 run forecast meeting notes

There was some good news to go around for the sportfishing industry leaders who packed into the run forecast meeting. Following last year’s record-setting run of 1.4 million Fall Chinook, anglers and businesses can look forward to the upcoming spring and summer runs with forecasters expecting average to above average returns of Columbia, Willamette, and SW Washington Kings. With nearly 450,000 angler trips in 2015 in the lower Columbia River alone, news of good returns should drive tens of millions of dollars in economic impact to sportfishing businesses and communities across the Northwest.
Forecast highlights:
• Columbia River Upriver Spring Chinook = 188,000 – Around average
• Upper Columbia Summer Chinook = 93,300 – Twenty thousand more than 2015 prediction
• Willamette Spring Chinook = 70,100 – Much higher than 2015’s 55,400 forecast
• Cowlitz = 25,100 – More than double last year’s forecast
• Kalama = 4,900 – More than double 2015 forecast
• Lewis = 1,100 – Equal to last year’s forecast
Predictions for Fall Chinook are still in progress, but forecasters expect returns to be in line with the extraordinary returns of recent years. Businesses and retailers serving Columbia River anglers can look forward to another outstanding season if 2016 returns hold up to the consecutive record-setting runs of 2014 and 2015. Updated forecasts for Fall 2016 runs will be available early next year.P1040690

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