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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Tulalip terminal salmon fishery opens Friday, but expectations aren’t high for catching a chinook

The Tulalip Bay terminal salmon fishery opens Friday (May 18), but don’t get your hopes up for this one to hook a chinook.

“I know a lot of people think it will be the golden goose or pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but that isn’t our expectation,” said Steve Thiesfeld, the state Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound recreational manager. “The historic overall harvest rate is pretty darn low, and we don’t expect it to be much of an increase in catch rates at all.”

Thiesfeld says the timing of this stock of chinook is similar to what you on the Wallace River (a tributary of the Skykomish River) but for some reason they’re showing up earlier than they would 20 miles upriver.

Go figure…

“For some reason they aren’t as snappy in this terminal fishery,” Thiesfeld said.

The Tulalip forecast is 6,000 chinook, and fisheries managers would be surprised if sport anglers catch more than 500 to 600 fish

“I’d be surprised if we get to that catch figure, and it would be terrific,” Thiesfeld said.

The Tulalip fishery is open Friday to noon Monday each week through Sept. 3, except closed on June 9. Anglers may use two poles by purchasing the two-pole fishing endorsement.

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