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Columbia River chinook tops 1 million fish for 2014

It's amazing to see such a huge return of chinook, the largest of all the Pacific salmon, in a river that used to produce millions (that's plural) of salmon. But lamenting the past can be wasted effort, and I am just happy to see such a big return this year and look forward to more in the future. Eventually, I would love to see big, self-sustaining runs of all our salmon species with a big enough surplus for sport, commercial and tribal fisheries. I think it's possible in most cases to get one or all the above. It's also interesting to watch steelhead just plugging along. I catch myself feeling a little bummed that there isn't a corresponding increase in steelhead, but I also can't ...

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