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First chinook of season passes through Bonneville Dam

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2012 at 11:21 am |
January 31, 2012 3:14 pm
This is the image of the first adult chinook swimming through Bonneville Dam. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

UPDATED 3:12 P.M.

The first chinook of the season have passed through Bonneville Dam.

According to staffers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, an adult chinook went through the video/viewing area just before 2 p.m. on Jan. 25. Seconds later a jack chinook swam past the window.

That is one day earlier than the first chinook came through in 2011.

The debate among Fish and Wildlife staffers is whether the fish are fall chinook or springers. Both fish were unclipped and bright, and both had white chins, but a number of people believe they are not springers.

While that debate goes on, a spring chinook has been caught. Joe Hymer, a state fish biologist, reported a short time ago that a 18.2-pound springer was caught in the Cathlamet area by a commercial fisherman. The fish was sampled by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Astoria crew today.

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