We have told you that biologists have seen great numbers in their salmon counts, and it looks like the best season in years is about to get started.
According to RGJ.com, "federal fishery managers are forecasting robust populations of chinook and coho salmon off the Pacific coast and in California and Oregon rivers." Rivers like the Klamath, Rogue, and Sacramento are all expected to see some of the highest number of salmon.
"Under the approved options, recreational salmon fishing could begin as early as mid-March in southern Oregon and April in California and run through the fall. Commercial fishing could start as early as April 1 and run through September."
This is great news for Pacific coast salmon anglers, as 2008 and 2009 numbers were so low, that there were emergency closures in many of these same streams. Hopefully this is a trend that continues on the west coast. –Brian McClintock