Posts tagged: humpies
SALMON FISHING — Anglers heading to Puget Sound to tap the huge run of pink salmon flooding in toward spawning streams will find good tips on locations and techniques in this column by Wayne Kruse of the Everett Herald.
FISHERIES — Pink salmon have set a record for wandering into the Columbia River and upstream over Bonneville Dam.
The spectacle has left fisheries biologists scratching their heads, since they don't know of any resident pink salmon populations in the Columbia Basin.
Also known as humpbacks or humpies, the pinks known to have a relatively high incidence of straying to spawn someplace other than their natal stream, according to the Columbia Basin Bulletin.
More than 1,500 pink salmon have been counted climbing over Bonneville’s fish ladders, easily surpassing the previous high count — 637 in 2003 — for the entire late summer-fall season, and the highest count since at least 1938, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists said today.
Read on for details and possible explanations from the Bulletin's story.
SALMON FISHING — My enthusiastic post regarding the pink salmon flooding into Puget Sound apparently left Spokane angler Dan Hansen feeling a little blue about his vacation to visit West Side relatives. He writes:
“My beard’s getting full, due to my pledge to stop shaving till I catch a salmon. Six days of fishing, and I can’t even catch a humpy (which hardly even count)!
“One day, standing elbow-to-elbow on a beach in West Seattle, everyone caught salmon and the pre-teen standing next to me caught his 4-fish limit. My brother's going to take me out in his boat next Tuesday, somewhere on Puget Sound; that may be my last chance.
“Trying to decide whether I want to pledge to stop showering for deer season.”
SALMON FISHING — Western Washington anglers are starting to get pink fever for the big run of humpies that pours into coastal waters on odd-numbered years.
Returns are expected to be huge, and the first short at the front end of the runs starts Saturday on the Nooksack River near Bellingham.
West Side outdoor writers already are giving anglers details on when, where an how to hook their share of the bounty.
Check here for a column by Bellingham Herald writer Doug Huddle regarding the early opportunity.
Prime time in the rest of Pugest Sound is in August and September.
“The earliest the Skagit opens for the odd-year salmon is Aug. 1 while it’s Aug. 16 on the Snohomish, Skykomish and Puyallup, Aug. 20 on the Duwamish, and Sept. 1 on the Stillaguamish and Carbon,” reports Andy Walgamott in Northwest Sporstman Magazine. “Some runs stay worthwhile into early October.”