Posts tagged: king salmon
FISHING — Plan now for plenty of free time this fall to get on board with a potential record run of fall chinook salmon forecast for the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River.
The preliminary forecast released by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife last week predicts the largest run of of the BIG upriver brights bound for the Hanford Reach since records have been kept.
The forecast is for 432,500 upriver brights, which would top the record of 420,700 that actually came up the river in 1987.
Last year, 353,500 upriver brights were forecast in February, but the actual return were 298,000.
Snake River wild chinook are forecast for a big increase this year. Last year 15,100 were forecast and 16,700 showed up. This year, however, the forecast calls for 31,600 wild chinook.
The total forecast of 677,900 Columbia River fall chinook to lower and upper river fisheries is greater than the 10-year average actual return (547,900) and would be the highest return since 2004 if the forecast holds.
FISHING — Following dismal returns that forced closure of some king salmon fishing seasons this year, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has announced that his Fiscal Year 2014 budget will contain $10 million for the first component of a five-year, $30 million comprehensive Chinook Salmon Research Initiative.
See details in this story by the Columbia Basin Bulletin.
SALMON FISHING — I guess you could say she got a good start.
Deborah Whitman-Perry's first experience in catching a king salmon turned out to be an 83-pounder while fishing out of Good Hope Cannery Resort at Rivers Inlet, British Columbia.
She got to savor it. The fight went on for an hour.
Read the Seattle Times story.
SALMON FISHING — Fishing guide Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Fishing Guide Service says now's prime time for catching good-quality chinook salmon in the upper Columbia River near Brewster. Here's his report:
On the Brewster Pool the bite has transitioned from Sockeye to Kings. This is a short window where the Chinook are more eager to bite and still of good eating quality. These Kings will bite Super Baits and Plug Cut Super Baits as well as plug cut herring.
Mountain Dew Plug Cut Super baits 42” behind a big rotating flasher is one tried and true presentation. Fill the Super Bait with oil based tuna and dip it in your favorite sauce. We like Pautzke’s Krill Juice. Make sure your herring is fresh and cured nicely to stay on the hooks.
SALMON FISHING — It's a bad year for that salmon fishing dream trip to some portions of Alaska.
Record low king runs have forced the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Friday to close king salmon sport fishing seasons in some rivers including the fabled Kenai River.
Returns were expected to be low, and they've been worse. So far only about 4,000 early-run kings have passed the in-river sonar counter. That makes the early Kenai run the worst on record. Another run follows.
Read this story from the Alaska Dispatch regarding the tension building between sport and commercial fishermen over who's bearing the burden of king salmon conservation.
Read this story originating from the Alaska Daily News exploring the causes for the decline of these famous salmon fisheries.
FISHING IN YOUR DREAMS — Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute on Monday unveiled the world’s largest king salmon. Stretching nearly 129 feet, the fish-themed design will adorn a Boeing 737-800 this fall.
The new “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II” design is derived from an earlier version of the paint scheme Alaska Airlines unveiled on a 737-400 in 2005, which was re-painted with the carrier’s traditional Eskimo livery last year.
The new design is about nine feet longer than the original ’salmon plane’ and also features fish scales on the winglets and a salmon-pink colored “Alaska” script across the fuselage.
“This airplane celebrates Alaska Airlines’ unique relationship with the people and communities of Alaska and underscores our air transport commitment to the state’s seafood industry,” said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines’ regional vice president of the state of Alaska.
Last year, Alaska Airlines flew nearly 25 million pounds of seafood from Alaska to markets in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
And it flew a lot of fishermen back and forth, too.