It’s time to get your boats ready and gear mended because fishing season is just around the corner. We are expecting to see some good returns of Fall Chinook with approximately 19,500 expected to come back to Tumwater Falls Hatchery this year. The coho season was a real downer last year with record low returns but the forecast looks promising with expected net pen coho returns to be around 51,000.
Fall chum numbers look to be lower this year from last with 264,000 coming back to our region. Being an odd year, escapement goals for Totten Inlet (Kennedy) will be 11,500 chum and Eld Inlet (McLane & Perry) will be 14,500 chum.
You should see some Pink salmon dipping down in our waters. South Sound Pink returns for Puyallup and Nisqually are expected to be around the million mark.
Squaxin Island Tribe fishing regulations are available on the web! Currently we have no fisheries open, but when we do open for fishing all emergency regulations will be posted on our website.
Check out the 2011 Squaxin Annual Fishing Regulations here:
If you have any questions regarding the Squaxin Island Tribe’s salmon fisheries please contact:
Fish Biologist/Harvest Manager