State Fish and Wildlife released salmon forecasts last week, and there will be plenty on tap for anglers this summer and fall.
Many will be blushing with delight as a strong return of 6.22 million pink salmon are expected to flood into Puget Sound this summer.
Pinks, which return during odd-numbered years, have shown a strong resurgence in recent years . This includes places like the Nisqually River, where 764,000 pinks are expected this summer. A forecast didn’t even exist there two years ago.
Fisheries biologists are finding that the resilient pinks are showing up in places as far south as the Columbia River.
Other pink forecasts include the Puyallup river system, 1.24 million; Green, which spills out into Elliott Bay, 1.3 million; Skagit, 1.23 million; Snohomish, 988,621; Nooksack, 154,075; and Stillaguamish, 409,700.
The height of the pink fishery usually occurs at the end of July through August. This is an excellent fishery in that pinks tend the hug the marine shoreline making them easily accessible to bank anglers as well.