Umatilla in Oregan getting heavy returns of coho salmon

Pendleton, Oregon (AP) 11-09

Fisheries experts say there's been a big run of coho salmon this year up the Umatilla River in Eastern Oregon.

It's expected to be the second largest run since efforts began in the 1980s to restore the fish to the Umatilla after a 70-year absence.

So far, tribal and state workers have counted more than 12,000 coho. The largest run was in 2001, with nearly 23,000. The smallest was in 1992 – only 529.

The spawning season lasts through the end of November.

Biologists say the heavy returns reflect good ocean conditions.