This past few seasons (2010/2011/2012) have given me time to think and also to ask some questions about the Steelhead of the Grande ronde, and Imnaha rivers. For more than 25 seasons guiding and working for the BLM, I see more and more fall Chinook and less Steelhead is there a connection ?
According to the damn counts , the Chinook numbers are going up and the steelhead numbers are declining in the upper Columbia tributaries...Imnaha , Grande ronde, Salmon and the Clearwater. This even with the fish factories in full swing, the water releases etc...all good or maybe not...Just wondering if anyone else has seen this first hand ? Is there a connection or just a cycle phase we are going through ? We are expecting huge Chinook salmon returns again this 2014 ...what about the Steelhead predictions ... if I am on track then we will be seeing less returns of Steelhead than last year, and the question remains why are we seeing more Chinook and less upper Snake and Columbia steelhead returns ? I am asking for a good answer not a fight !
6 -5-14. This is in response to Keith and Steve...My information came and continues to come from the NW fish newsletter. #333 June 5th. 2014. witch states "latest BiOp, calls for the beginning of barging of fish to start earlier , mainly to improve wild steelhead numbers. The added spill in recent years has reduced the number of fish collected for barging , and has likely had an adverse effect on Steelhead returns". Horseshit...I think not !