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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 5269
Title: Seasonal and diel passage of juvenile salmonids at John Day Dam on the Columbia River
Author: Dean A. Brege, R. F. Absolon, R. J. Graves
Publication Year: 1996
Journal: North American Journal of Fisheries Management
Volume: 16
Issue: 3
Pages: 659-665

This paper documents the seasonal and diel movements of seaward-migrating juvenile Pacific salmonids Oncorhynchus spp. passing John Day Dam on the Columbia River.  During the 1987-1989 and 1991-1993 seasons, the 10, 50, and 90% passage dates each fell within a 2-week period for yearling Chinook salmon O. tshawytscha, steelhead O. mykiss, coho salmon O. kisutch, and sockeye salmon O. nerka.  For subyearling chinook salmon, the 10 and 90% passage dates varied by as much as 1 month, although the median passage dates occurred within a 10-d period.  The percentage of fish that passed at night (2200-0600) averaged 80.7% for yearling Chinook, 75.7% for subyearling Chinook, 77.9% for steelhead, 88.6% for coho, and 78.3% for sockeye salmon.  Information concerning the hourly and seasonal movements of juvenile salmonids through hydroelectric dams are essential in making wise fisheries resource and river flow management decisions. 

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