Outdoors blog 4/9

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



The Columbia River Compact is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. today (Monday) by teleconference to consider setting a gillnet period for Tuesday.

Last Tuesday, the gillnet fleet caught about 2,500 chinook from 151 deliveries. About 1,600 were upper Columbia chinook, or 27 percent of the commercials early-season allocation of 5,914 upper Columbia salmon.

Those numbers might change a bit as the state fishery agencies will have a more complete accounting of the catch by today than they did last Thursday.

Test netting on Sunday caught 62 chinook and 18 steelhead in 17 drifts. Sixty-two percent of the chinook were upper Columbia origin and 87 percent were fin clipped.

I'll have a story online shortly after the meeting ends.

Counts and flows — The Columbia was running at 330,000 cubic feet per second on Sunday. The forecast is for it to drop to about 270,000 by Tuesday, then slowly climb again.

The Willamette is at 84,000 cubic feet per second in Portland, compared to an average of 32,000 for the date.

The count at Bonneville Dam was 17 chinook on Thursday and 20 on Friday, before dropping to six on Saturday and six again on Sunday. The total for the season is 98 spring salmon.