Posts tagged: pink salmon
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.
SALMON FISHING — With a whopping 6.2 million pink salmon flooding into the Puget Sound saltwater this month en route to river spawning areas, anglers can catch their four-fish limits from a boat or from shore.
Seattle Times fishing writer Mark Yuasa compiled his list of top 10 shoreline fishing spots for pink salmon:
1. Lincoln Park in West Seattle (best is starting in mid-August)
2. Browns Point Lighthouse Park in Tacoma (mid-to-late August)
3. Dash Point Pier (mid-to-late August)
4. Picnic Point in Edmonds (early August to September)
5. Deception Pass shoreline (now through September)
6. Bush Point and Fort Casey off west side of Whidbey Island (now through September)
7. Point Wilson north of Port Townsend (end of this month through August)
8. Bait Box Hole off the south east side of Whidbey Island (early August through September)
9. Redondo Pier (mid-to-late August)
10. Pier 86 Terminal Pier and Spokane Street Bridge in Elliott Bay (mid-August through September)
FISHING — Whether you're talking to the bride or the groom, in this case, it's appropriate to say, “Nice catch.”
Alaska fishing guides Kadie Walsh and Dake Schmidt exchanged vows Saturday in the middle of Kodiak Island's Buskin River.
The fishing-themed ceremony included rings carried in the mouths of king salmon, a wedding party carrying fly fishing rods, and the married couple catching a pair of pink salmon together.
A wedding during the humpy run: perfect timing!
Click “continue reading,” and see the captions with a great selection of photos by James Brooks of the Kodiak Daily Mirror for more details, none of which answer the compelling question:
When you have a wedding in a place like like this, how do you top it for a honeymoon?
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 — Puget Sound anglers are in the pink, hooking up with the building surge of six million pink salmon forecast to flood Puget Sound during the next two months.
The catch of pink salmon hit an all-time high last week at Sekiu in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, according to Washington Fish and Wildlife Department creel surveyors.
And now the fish are pushing into Puget Sound and close to cities. Northwest Sportsman's online magazine reports plenty of pinks are available for today's opening in the Lower Puyallup area
“The overall expectations are for a pretty darn good fishery, and I’ve seen some reports there are already pinks in Area 11 (south central Puget Sound),” Steve Thiesfeld, the state Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound salmon manager, told the Seattle Times.
While this summer’s forecast is 3 million fewer pinks than the 2009 record return — pinks only return in odd-numbered years — Thiesfeld says it will be an abundant run.
Another fisheries biologist fishing off Bush Point on the west side of Whidbey Island says the humpies (a term the male fish receive for a distinct hump that grows on their back at spawning time) were “rolling all over the place” this week.
The huge number means that in almost all marine areas of Puget Sound, except southern Puget Sound, anglers will be able to keep up to four pinks daily.
Shorebound anglers can also get into the action as pinks tend to congregate closely to beaches.
SALMON FISHING — While the fish have just begun entering the Puget Sound area, this year's big crop of pink salmon is already making itself known to anglers along the north Olylmpic Peninsula.
From LaPush all the way to the western edges of Port Angeles, plethoras of pink salmon are flooding into the area, according to local reports.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Randy Lato of All-Ways Fishing (360-374-2052) in LaPush. “[Thursday] wasn’t too bad but [Wednesday] … I know I released over 50 of the damn things. It was just nonstop.
“It got to the point where I just said, ‘Guys, I’ve got to take a break.’ I said, ‘I gotta eat my sandwich.’
“By the time I got done with my sandwich, I had three fish waiting to get released.”
Indeed, the smaller pinks are starting to be a nuisance to the king- and coho-focused anglers.
But they’re providing anglers a virtual guarantee of hooking at least one salmon on a trip to Peninsula saltwater
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.”