If you're thinking about sportfishing for monster Chinook salmon in the coming season, then look no further than the Canadian Province of BC. With the famed Percy Walkus Fish Hatchery near the top of the Wannock River, gathering salmon eggs during the fall spawning run means a huge head start for the following year's salmon fry.
In the cover photo, Ted Walkus, Hereditary Chief of the Wuikinuxv Nation in Rivers Inlet in the province holds a huge salmon that was netted for future brood stock. Crews from the hatchery will now raise the next generation of Wannock Chinook at Percy Walkus.
The Pacific Salmon Foundation Instagram page posted the picture which shows just how incredibly large these ocean-run fish can actually get. Sportsmen and women everywhere will be licking their chops at the chance to latch into one of these 'girth shattering' brutes, which are the base reason for the millions of dollars in money that comes into the area each year.
This past breeding year was a good one for the hatchery as more than 300,000 salmon eggs were collected. The Wannock River system Chinooks are said to have some of the best pacific salmon genetics in the world and are the main reason for so many wall hangers!
More importantly, the region's salmon stocks are responsible for putting good fish on the table of Wuikinuxv Nation and many other Canadian families.
The hatchery proudly states that it, "plays an important role to conserve and manage Pacific salmon stocks. The activities aim to rebuild vulnerable salmon stocks, provide harvest opportunities, work with First Nations and coastal communities in economic development, and improve fish habitat to sustain salmon populations."
Couple that with the immensely important sportsmen's dollars and hopefully we will have a viable and sustainable population of these crucial Chinook salmon for our children, and our children's children.