COLUMBIA RIVER — Another record return of fall chinook salmon is likely on its way, according to preliminary estimates released Feb. 13.
Fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are predicting an estimated return of 900,200 adult fall chinook. It would be the third largest return on record dating back to 1938. Returns in 2013 — a total of 1.2 million adults — remain the highest on record. Last year, the second highest return, came out to 1.1 million adults.
Commercial and recreational fishermen alike reported an amazing season last year and Pacific County, Wash., ports were clogged with boats coming and going. Charter boat companies said it was taking them more time to get to fishing spots than it was taking for anglers to land their limit in salmon.
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