First batch of Chinook clears Lower Granite Dam

Three Chinook salmon have crossed Lower Granite Dam – the final dam before entering Idaho – signaling the onset of angling season for the big fish.

The salmon are expected to arrive from their journey up the Columbia River in smaller numbers this year.

More than 600 fish had crossed the first dam in Bonneville by Monday, lower than the 10-year average of 4,757 by that date.

However, wildlife officials say that doesn’t mean Idaho anglers should panic, as a run delayed by a week or so can skew the first batch of numbers.

Last year, more than 116-thousand Chinook crossed Lower Granite on their way to spawn in Idaho.  (AP)

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