During 2005 & 2006 up to 2/08/06 the Big Creek Adult returns are listed below:

Spring Chinook 22 Spring of 2005
(We have already seen several Chinook the late winter of 2006)

Summer Tule Chinook 5,262 Summer 2005
Estimate Eggs Taken 6,832,712
( With 6,000,000 fingerlings released in the late fall an estimate 13,000 30 to 50 lb. adults return to Big Creek with 6,000 of those being caught by nets at the mouth of Big Creek).

Rogue Chinook 29 Summer 2005
Estimate Eggs Taken 807,650
(These eggs were taken at Klaskanie hatchery. Rearing pens for Rogue Chinook are now being privately established in Youngs Bay).

Coho (Silvers) 7,258 Fall / Early Winter 2005
Est. Eggs Taken 766,320

Winter Steelhead 1,824 Late Winter 2005 /2006
Estimated Eggs Taken 403,000
Recycled in Lower at
In front of Lodge 175
Planted in Upper
Big Creek above Hatchery 53

Chum 9

Big Creek Fish and Bonnevillle Hatcheries have started collecting fall chinook (tule's) and coho salmon (silvers) during September 2005. More than 10,000 fall chinook and 8,500 coho have been collected to date. Forecast are for all egg productions to be met. Several thousand pounds of surplus carcasses have been distributed to nearby streams for stream enrichment.

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife have completed their "Native Fish Status Report". This entire document is available online for viewing or download at

COLUMBIA RIVER ESTUARY REPORT: The report "Salmon at Rivers End" is available online at by clicking on Technical Memorandums for 2005. The report, which examines the biological, physical and hydrologic dynamics of the Columbia River estuary from historic and contemporary perpective, was a joint effort involving NOAA Fisheries, Oregon Graduate Institute, University of Washington and ODFW.

Tule gathering at the Big Creek fish hatchery

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