Thursday, though, the crystal-clear river put on its best show as the boats floated down amid hills shining emerald green in the morning sun. At one spot, two bald eagles ate a salmon carcass on the shore, then took flight as a boat approached.
Information gleaned from the work helps ODFW forecast the run size for the following year and, based on that, set the dates for fishing season. Also, the count of hatchery vs. wild salmon is weighed in making long-term decisions on the number of hatchery fish to be released. Read the whole article at the Pilot.