2013 Should Be Great for Pink Salmon
Nothing is more fun than coming home with a limit of salmon for the boat and every other year, Puget Sound Pink Salmon fishing delivers on that dream. With their abundant returns and proclivity to biting, Pink Salmon traditionally fill buckets and the bellies of anglers all across the Puget Sound region in the fall months of odd numbered years.
This year looks to be as good as it ever is and Pink Salmon fishing will be explosive!
Pink Salmon are the most abundant of the Pacific Salmon species though they trade that off for being the smallest. Pink Salmon or Humpies average only five pounds. Unlike Chinook which can stay out to sea for years, Pink Salmon rigidly adhere to a 2 year life cycle, giving us our odd numbered Pink Salmon runs here in Puget Sound.
Pink Salmon get a bit of a reputation for being the “junk fish” of the salmon family along with the Chum, primarily because they are less flavorful and degrade pretty quickly if handled improperly after they are caught.
Personally I have grilled Pink Salmon up after we get home from fishing and it tastes GREAT! I also fillet up a bunch and smoke it which is my absolutely favorite way to eat salmon.
WDFW 2013 Pink Salmon Predictions
The WDFW is predicting that more than 6 million pink salmon are expected back to the Sound in 2013. A pretty good showing and a far more abundant run than the Coho or Chinook salmon.
“It’s a pink year, which is a great time to introduce a friend or family member – especially children – to salmon fishing,” said Lothrop. “Fishing this summer should be similar to 2011, when anglers were catching limits of pink salmon throughout the Sound and its rivers.”
Pink Salmon River Fishing
If you are lacking a boat to get out on Puget Sound with, you can either fish the shores, or wait until the Pinks start to head up the rivers. Action will be fast and furious, and you can expect there to be a lot of other people out there fishing with you! Here are the rivers you will want to try and get out on for Pink Salmon Fishing:
- Nooksak River
- Skagit River
- Stillaguamish River
- Snohomish River
- Green River
- Puyallup River
- Nisqualy River
The big months for Pink Salmon fishing on the rivers are August and September, so if you are racking up the paid time off, my suggestion is to burn it then and fish mid-week!
Kayak Fishing for Pink Salmon
This year, you will find me sneaking out of Mukilteo and fishing for Pink Salmon between there and the shipwreck. What better way to spend a beautiful morning than chasing Pink Salmon around with a trout rod? I have watched them running through the weeds along the shore, so I know they go through there, and a lot closer to shore than you might think!
So if you see some crazy dude out in a bright yellow Trident Ocean Kayak this year, it probably will be me!