The state’s fisheries are pointing towards some amazing Washington salmon fishing this summer.
The Seattle Times shared word that, based on the quality of the Columbia River salmon return and other indicators, the salmon fishing could be the best it’s been in 70 years.
Back in December, state fishery officials noted that the forecasts for Columbia River salmon predicted great returns, building hype ever since.
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The landmark return could top off at nearly 3 million chinook and coho salmon, according to Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association.
“That huge return of chinook not seen in more than 70 years should elevate the excitement level very high this summer,” said Floor in the Seattle Times piece.
The coast-wide sport catch quota for hatchery coho will be 184,800, and 59,100 chinook.
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