Counts are absolutely dismal.
To date the counter shows only 23.5K. Not at my home computer to know for sure, but this will probably go down as one of the all-time worst chinook runs in the history of the sonar.
Lower river harvest is 5600+ to date.
Upriver harvest is not known til the SWHS, but let's conservatively call it 1000.
Throw in another 400+ for H/R mortalities.
That's 7000+ dead kings.
That leaves an escapement to date of only 16.5K tops.
Couple more days of fishing to go, then the rest of the fish entering in August get a free pass.
We will probably make BEG at 17.8, but by the slimmest of margins.
Who'da'thunk the mighty Kenai would ever come to this.