Earliest Pinks

Smalma

Active Member
#3
Bob -
Yes for some reason it seems that the south Sound pinks are on the whole earlier than those in central/north Sound.

That being said the earliest Puget Sound pinks are found in the Nooksack. They enter the river through July and early August; the Nooksack opens for pinks the middle of July.

There also are typically some early pinks entering the Skagit in late July with the lower river opening August first.

Curt
 
#7
They usually hit the south sound around Tacoma somewhere around Aug 1st or so. I usually look for early runs about a week earlier but don't see too many that early.
 

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#9
Seems to me that the southbound fish do come in earlier and the Port Townsend/Marrow stone beaches have better early catch reports as compared to Whidbey beaches.

The Whidbey beaches get a consolation however. Resident silvers come our way in late July and hang out for a while, seems like just once a year they do this feed run up north. ?

Jeff
 
#10
Bob -
Yes for some reason it seems that the south Sound pinks are on the whole earlier than those in central/north Sound.

That being said the earliest Puget Sound pinks are found in the Nooksack. They enter the river through July and early August; the Nooksack opens for pinks the middle of July.

There also are typically some early pinks entering the Skagit in late July with the lower river opening August first.

Curt
The Nooksack pinks seem to be on a bit of a come back, after many years of small returns.
 
#11
I just checked the commision's test fishing page, they actualy tested in area 20 ( North of Neah Bay, Vancouver Is, side), 6 pinks in 1 drift, on the 24th.
 
#13
Maybe one thing we have to consider is that each river has a unique run. The Tacoma run is to the Puyallup River so perhaps the salmon get into the river and to their spawning grounds a bit earlier than other river systems. They would spawn earlier and then in turn maybe return earlier. There is also a sizeable run to the Nisqually River projected this year and we have yet to see how quickly they will return since there has not been any sizeable run there until two years ago. I'm no biologist but that might be a reason why the fish show in the South Sound area earlier than the Northern rivers. It's kind of fun trying to guess what's going on and it shows the interest that has been growing over the years for this fishery. It gets more highly anticipated each two year cycle. People are already jumping out of their skin and we are at least a month away. It is a great fly fishing opportunity, however, so it's easy to see why we all get jacked up about it. Whether you retain and eat or catch and release, it's hard to beat this run on a fly rod every two years.
 

Chris Bellows

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#14
i've been out to neah bay multiple times over the past couple weeks, and no numbers of pinks out there yet (coho are another story). they'll be there soon enough, but it is still early.
 
#15
Around Tacoma I've noticed numbers accumulating around the 3rd week of July, and it stays strong through the first week of September.

As previously mentioned, the nisqually is projected to have a size able run, and being that it is the furthest south puget sound river, don't be surprised if the pinks are around in a couple of weeks.


Matt