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Sockeye run fared “better than expected”

In a challenging year for salmon and steelhead returns, Idaho's most endangered salmon fared a little better than expected with 157 of them trapped in the Sawtooth Basin this summer.

"We are very pleased with this return given the estimate of only about 400 Idaho sockeye  made it to Bonneville Dam this summer based on PIT tag estimates," said Eric Johnson research fisheries biologist for Idaho Fish and Game.

Biologists were concerned about so few fish crossing Bonneville in early summer, which is the first dam in the Columbia River, and whether they would complete the 900-mile migration from the Pacific that includes crossing through eight dams and climbing 6,500-feet elevation to the Sawtooth Basin.


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