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Yukon’s Teslin Tlingit Tribe Celebrates Chinook Harvest in 17 Years

Tlingit Tribe Celebrates Chinook by Debbie Kay

For the Teslin Tlingit, there is not a single child who has ever seen a traditional chinook harvest.  This is because the tribe, in order to try and save this resource, went on a fishing hiatus in order to give the fish time to repopulate.  Now, the tribe’s youngest legal adults will get to witness the first fish taken since they were babies, and the children are going to see the first fish of their lifetime taken.  This is not only a return of a critical species to the habitat and an important food source, but the spiritual heart of this tribe. Continue reading Yukon’s Teslin Tlingit Tribe Celebrates Chinook Harvest in 17 Years

Dismal Returns & Tough Choices for Hatchery-marked Coho

Low Coho Numbers Force Compromises Choices for Fisheries Managers in the North Pacific

By Debbie Kay

From British Columbia to Northern California, state, federal, provincial and tribal fisheries managers are considering the fate of the ocean-run summer salmon fisheries this year.  The main topic on the table?  This year’s dismal return rate for coho salmon.  In Puget Sound, the count was just 300,000 individuals out of more than a million that had been expected.  For next year the estimate is only about half-a-million, using the same counting methods as before hatchery-marked coho.  The Pacific Coast states and provinces to the North and South didn’t fare any better, though Columbia River Chinook levels were at a record high.  Because of these severe drops in the population, there’s been a lot of push for a summer with no sea-run salmon fishing.  This initially got a lot of push-back, but has been accepted as one of the three management options on the table for the Pacific Fishery Management Council to choose from in April.  Let’s take a look at the three programs on the table: Continue reading Dismal Returns & Tough Choices for Hatchery-marked Coho

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Columbia River Spring Chinook

By Terry Otto

The Columbia River spring Chinook is a special fish.  If you doubt it,  just take a look at the Columbia in late March when the run is just getting started.  From Cathlamet, Washington, to Troutdale, Oregon the river is covered with boats.  It sometimes seems as if every boat in the Northwest is on the river, trolling, anchoring with plugs, and working hard to catch one of the region’s most sought-after fish.

Columbia River Spring Chinooks
Buzz Ramsey of Washington prepares to release a wild Columbia River Spring
Chinook.

They are worth it.  Big, strong, and built for action, Continue reading Columbia River Spring Chinook

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Trolling for spring Chinook

A huge portion of spring Chinook are taken each year by trolling anglers.  Here’s how to get your share of the bounty.

By Terry Otto

Trolling for Chinook salmon is one of the best ways to catch these much sought-after fish on large rivers, and it’s also a lot of fun.  At first glance it looks easy, but there is a learning curve here. However, stick to the basics, pay attention to detail, and you can find yourself trolling up springers with confidence. Continue reading Trolling for spring Chinook

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Washington’s Fall Fishing Hot Spots

Fall into Fall Fishing

North Puget Sound Region

By Jai Colvin

It’s time to hit the waters.

Fall fishing for coho this year is promising to be some of the best in years.  Locals are reporting that for that perfect Coho spot head to Point No Point, Jefferson Head, Possession Bar and Shipwreck.  The salmon are hopping during this time of the year and many of us also hit Deception Pass, Hope Island,

Fall fishingSkagit Bay, Port Susan and Port Gardner.   The regional rivers open in October for salmon fishing include the Nooksack, Skagit, Cascade, Samish, Stillaguamish, Snohomish, Skykomish, Wallace and Green.  For those looking for truly easy access, head over to Lake Washington. Continue reading Washington’s Fall Fishing Hot Spots

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