Salmon anglers have some certainty for this summer’s fishing season, but plenty of uncertainty still lies ahead. Usually by this time, state Fish and Wildlife, and tribal and federal fishery managers have preliminary fishing regulations on the table, but a predicted weak wild coho return has left them scrambling to come up with creative ideas to target healthy stocks of hatchery salmon.
“The big challenge is dealing with poor wild coho returns, and we haven’t seen it like this in a long time,” said Pat Pattillo, who spent 38 years as the state Fish and Wildlife salmon policy coordinator and is now a spokesman for 10 sport-fishing organizations. “Despite the early call of some to respond to this crisis by closing all fisheries, there is little doubt that some types of fishing will occur this year.”
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