Poor Salmon Returns Mean Limited Chances
WENATCHEE, WA – Fisherman looking to reel in big King or Silver Salmon this spring and summer may be out of luck.
The Washington State Department of Fish and Widlife says it has worked with tribal co-managers and the Pacific Fishery Management Council on setting seasons for Chinook and Coho salmon. Because of expected low returns along coastal waters, Puget Sound as well as the Columbia River and its tributaries, state and tribal fishery managers will limit opportunities.
The “Fishing Magician” Dave Graybill, who is also a Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner in Washington, says this goes back to an extreme low, and a warm water year in 2015 that coincided with a “BLOB” off the coast. . .
As a result, only 25-percent of the expected Coho run returned in 2015. Salmon and steelhead numbers have suffered since and managers anticipate low numbers of returning Coho and Chinook again in 2018.
Salmon & Steelhead Fishing is Big Business in NCW
Graybill says those in the business of catching fish here in the Upper Columbia are greatly affected. . .
Specifics on the salmon fisheries in Washington will be coming out in the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet in late June. Those wanting more information now can go on-line to www.wdfw.wa.gov.
To watch the complete interview with Graybill, watch Let’s Learn on the NCWLIFE Channel April 15th through the 21st on LocalTel channel 12, Charter channel 19, or over the air on channel 47.1. You can also click HERE to watch On Demand through our website.