Not much needs to be said because the numbers speak for themselves: 175,000 chinook in the last three days over Bonneville Dam near The Dalles, Ore., including back-to-back days of more than 67,000 fish.
To put that in perspective, in 2007, the entire fall chinook run at Bonneville was 161,000 fish.
Anglers in the Lower Columbia have already had a banner fishing season, and more chinook are now working their way up through the Columbia and Snake rivers.
Many of those fish will remain in the Columbia, but Idaho is expected to have a huge run of fall chinook, which will provide fishing opportunities near Lewiston and upstream to Hells Canyon Dam.
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In the Snake, 5,896 have crossed since Aug. 1, so the fish are just starting to arrive in Idaho.
To check daily counts at the dams, go here.