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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Strong pink salmon return starting to wane in marine areas

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The end of the saltwater pink salmon could be happening soon in the Strait of Juan de Fuca clear into Puget Sound as the majority of fish have moved up into local rivers that are providing excellent action.

The commercial purse seine test fishing catches of pinks remains good one day and rather slow the next in a location commonly referred to as “Area 20” off the southeast side of Vancouver Island.

The Pacific Salmon Commission says the run-size estimate of Fraser River pinks to 26-million through Sept. 10, compared to a preseason forecast of more than 8.926-million. No inseason updates are made for Puget Sound pink stocks but the forecast calls for more than 6.2-million.

Here is the Area 20 “San Juan purse seine” catches: Aug. 11, 3,257; Aug. 12, 1,047; Aug. 13, 3,456; Aug. 14, 2,172; Aug. 15, 2,582; Aug. 16, 3,410; Aug. 17, 1,278; Aug. 18, 1,283; Aug. 19, 1,902 pinks; Aug. 20, 3,377; Aug. 21, 3,222; Aug. 22, 4,766; Aug. 23, 5,122; Aug. 24, 10,248; Aug. 25, 14,110; Aug. 26, 4,880; Aug. 27, 17,653; Aug. 28, 9,135; Aug. 29, 6,240; Aug. 30, 1,387; Aug. 31, 3,459; Sept. 1, 1371; Sept. 2, 309; Sept. 3, 3,805; Sept. 4, 12,790; Sept. 5, 1,386; Sept. 6, 993; Sept. 7, 774; Sept. 8, 1464; Sept. 9, 4,790; and Sept. 10, 553. Total catch is 164,394 pinks.

The entire commercial troll, purse seine and gill-net catch-to-date by Canada and United States non-tribal and tribal (excluding Alaska) through Sept. 6 is 3,139,500 pinks.

To view the PSC test fisheries release, go to http://www.psc.org/info_testfishing.htm.

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