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Strong salmon runs expected in upper Columbia

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KENNEWICK — Anglers should expect strong salmon runs this year, state Fish and Wildlife officials said Thursday.

Around 227,000 spring Chinook are expected in the upper Columbia — above the Bonneville Dam — and Snake rivers, doubling the 123,000 that returned in 2013, officials said.

The largest increase is expected in the Snake River, where 125,000 marked Chinook are forecast, up from 67,000 last year.

“The spring Chinook run is a good solid number, the best we’ve seen in a…

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