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Apr17

Lower Snake River Weekly Report, 4/17/17

lower snake steelhead 2017

Steelhead returns to Lower Granite Dam, 4/17/17

These steelhead in the lower Snake River most likely did not migrate up from the ocean this spring, they spent the winter in the river.  The majority of the migrating fish show up in September/October.

Steelhead Total Counts, 2017:  6805

Steelhead Total Counts, 2016:  4879

Steelhead Total Counts, 10 yr avg:  7647


Wild Steelhead Total Counts, 2017:  2749

Wild Steelhead Total Counts, 2016:  2665

Wild Steelhead Total Counts, 10 yr avg:  2763

Steelhead, unlike Chinook salmon, can spawn multiple times before dying.  By the time steelhead reach Lower Granite dam, they have traveled over 400 miles and have successfully passed 7 other dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.  These are truly amazing fish.