Chinook run looking big

The Columbia River kings are returning in surprising numbers.

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Columbia River chinook salmon appear to be rebounding powerfully from past abuses, bringing new opportunities for Oregon’s sport, commercial and tribal fishermen.

Biologists have predicted a healthy run, and early indicators show it may prove even larger than expected.

State and tribal officials say they think the monster run of spring chinook salmon forecasted for the upper Columbia River actually will be big this year.

A huge run of 470,000 upper Columbia spring chinook is predicted to enter the river in 2010, but projections of the run have been far off the mark in recent years.

Read more at the Daily News Online.

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