Salmon Numbers Still Depressed

This region supports tremendous fish diversity with 74 populations of salmon, steelhead, and bull trout. Just 26 (35 percent) are meeting their minimum recovery abundance goals.

  • Most fall Chinook populations remain at a high or very high risk due to low numbers of natural-spawning fish and competition with hatchery fish on spawning grounds. Work is underway to reduce these impacts, but improvements in habitat also are needed.
  • Spring Chinook require successful reintroduction efforts upstream of dams.
  • Chum populations are also at high to very high risk due to very low abundance, with the exception of Grays River and Columbia River spawners.
  • Coho abundance levels generally are below recovery goals. Long-term trends are difficult to assess because of limited data and recent low survival rates in the ocean.
  • Steelhead abundance is low, but several winter- and summer-run populations are showing moderate improvements.

View data on Salmon statewide. Visit the Salmon Data Hub for more of the data behind the indicator charts and graphs used throughout this site.