Fraser Pinks

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Chris Johnson, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

    I follow the test fishing on the PSC web site every year

    The test in area 20 are of most interest to me, as they are on the west coast of Vancouver Is. across from Neah Bay. The test have been getting better in recent days going from 3,000's to as high as 17,000+, bigger than I have ever seen. Then I checked area 12 ( Johnstone straits), the test on the 28th was 88,000 in 4 sets. That is not a typo, I said 88,000, that's some serious humpy. Something is going right in the ocean, for humpies at least. Anyway, I thought some of you might find this interesting.

    Enjoy, Chris
  2. Smalma

    Smalma Active Member


    The Blinkhorn seine catch on the 28th is off the charts.

    I agree that those test fishing results are interesting and I have watch them for years. In addition to the Fraser fish (pinks and sockeye) Washington fish are also caught. They usually can separate the Washington fish from the Fraser ones based on DNA testing. Saw somewhere that a week or so ago approximate 1/3 of the pinks in the area 20 fishery were Washington fish and 10% of the pinks at Blinkhorn were Washington fish.

  3. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

    Thanks Curt, I didn't know that. The tests in area 20 have been bigger than I've ever seen, so that bodes well for some of our rivers. That Blinkhorn test is huge, and in just 4 sets( 22,000 per), I wish I could have seen it.
  4. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

    There must be some creeks up there that have summer chums, those inside test have more chum than coho, the tests in the straits have almost no chums.
  5. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

    The Blinkhorn site went down to 21k the next day, yesterday was back to 69k, amazing.
  6. rotato

    rotato Active Member

    we had a 65 k set on Monday up near the salmon banks
    all bright fish
    that's right one set

    best part the enforcement officer took all the bycatch and sold it for the state
    he even pitched fish and didn't bitch when I dumped a brailer on him

    lots of fish coming boys
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  7. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

    Nice set
  8. rotato

    rotato Active Member

    Classic fishing irony here
    The next opening we made a similar haul and we caught three fish
    Different tide different day
    Then the pto blew a bearing

    We saw some jumpers heading south from the plane today

    I believe the commercial non native fleet is done in the puget sound
    There is a couple more openings for Fraser fish

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