LONG BEACH, Wash. — Greater than average forecasts of fall chinook and coho salmon are opening the way for more commercial fishing in the Columbia River.

The U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee preseason forecast for the 2015 fall chinook adult return to the Columbia River totals 925,300 fish which would be another strong run.

The forecast is 80 percent of the 2014 actual return (1,159,100) and 147 percent of the 2005-2014 average return (631,200).

Bonneville Dam passage is expected to total nearly 649,000 upriver fall chinook adults. Passage is typically 50 percent complete by Sept. 8.


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