June 13 6,863
June 14 6,625
June 15 6,831
June 16 11,995
June 17 15,633
June 18 15,907
In 2012, 76,696 had passed over Bonneville Dam through June 18. Of course, the lion share of those fish are not headed toward Redfish Lake. Still though, a lot more sockeye at this point this year than at this point last year. June 18 last year 10,352 sockeye had traversed over Bonneville Dam. The 10-year average has also been eclipsed as it sat at 20,580 for sockeye through to June 18. It's not for me to speculate, just wait and watch and see if this year eclipses the all-time high for sockeye counted at Bonneville Dam, but just so you know this year's total is only about a fifth of the way there.
Moving on...I'm a Trout Unlimited guy, founded a chapter, improved habitat, created a fishery, held fly tying classes, led trout fishing trips and led that chapter for three years as president (I installed term limits, smartest thing I ever did) and an article in the most recent Field & Stream (or maybe not, the June 2012 edition) brought back what I love so much about my own personal gateway drug to environmental causes. I think you should read Slam by Colin Kearns on page 68. It's an almost perfect article the way he weaves in habitat restoration work done by Trout Unlimited into a fun adventure story of chasing after the Wyoming cutthroat slam. I'm glad that kind of article got to a national audience, especially in a magazine that far too often likes to discount environmentalists as simply the "anti crowd."
I wish TU and the Idaho Conservation League good luck in their new endeavor in eastern Idaho, you can read a little about it here. Just remember as you collaborate with the foxes, they are cunning. You should go over to my other website www.snakeriversalmon.com and look at my masthead (it's a two-headed salmonid). Hey, that one had nothing to do with selenium or phosphate mining.
Eastern Washington anglers were a bit perturbed (angry) when their salmon season got cut short due to some anglers slamming them downstream. I want to offer you all my condolences and offer you a solution to your problem. You should begin today (if you haven't been already) and call for the breaching of the four lower Snake River dams in your neck of the woods. These dams are yours and the primary reason why you can't have a reliable salmon fishing season. If you get rid of those dams you will see a future where you will have more fish than you've ever witnessed swimming through there and you won't have to worry about the adipose fin because eventually there will be so many wild fish that the endangered ones are off the list and fishing seasons will be reinstated for wild fish. Yes, that can be your future, or you can expect more seasons cut short and I might add cut right when the wall of fish was swimming by you. Your dams are causing you problems as well.