The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife expect almost 440,000 upriver Bright Chinook salmon to enter the Columbia River this year. Of those, nearly 32,000 are bound for the Snake River. Eastern Washington Public Information Officer Madonna Loures said a big run means big economic growth for the state.
"It is big business in southeast Washington when we have a strong run of Chinook salmon and we do this year," said Loures.
Fisherman can take advantage of higher catch limits this year. The limit's three adult hatchery Chinook, and six jack Chinook.