The forecast is out! It's almost time to go catch some Springers!!! This years forecast isn't great by any means... but there should be plenty enough fish for us to have some great days. Oregon and Washington's fishery managers have forecasted 227,000 Spring Chinook to enter the river this year. With 160,000 of those expected to be upriver fish. It's not quite as much as our ten year average (285,000).
So what's this mean? I take it as... at some point during the peak of this up river run we will still have some lights out springer fishing! The only problem is... exactly which days?... and that period of exceptional fishing probably wont last as long as it does on larger forecasts. So what time is best to be there? Keep in mind I'm only going to run trips if I'm confident there's enough fish to work with. At this point... 20... a whole 20 springers have been counted crossing Boneville Dam. It's a far cry from the amounts we used to get by this date. And really there's probably more than that as for every barge or boat that uses the locks on the dams allows some fish to pass through with out being counted. But I'm confident our forecast will pan out and by that last week in April we should start seeing multiple fish to the boat days.
Thank you to the groups that have booked early with me. Our plan of attack is to focus on these up river fish in the gorge... Particularly Drano Lake and the Wind River. I still have a couple prime dates open. So if you or anyone you know might be interested get a hold of me before we're booked.
I hope to publish a couple of these blogs each week. So stay tuned. Thank you for reading and we will see you on the river.
Chris and Brandy
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