The dam proponents have totally written off the importance of springer use above the upper Chehalis dam site. Over the past 30 years, I almost always could see a few chinook adults holding between Fisk Falls and Pe Ell this time of year. The styrofoam shrimp containers and snagger-related garbage up there (and in a few other nearby upper watershed tribs) suggest that the locals are well aware of this fact. The illicit springer fishery has been going on in the upper watershed for many many years.
Sad to see this last remnant wild portion of Chehalis springers being written off. Hope the dam gets stopped.