2015 Pink Salmon Season Ends and Fall Begins

 Posted by on September 25, 2015 at 10:37 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Sep 252015
 
Male pink salmon with growing hump

Male pink salmon with growing hump

 

The end of the 2015 pink salmon run in Puget Sound is a harbinger of fall and the return of the rains. In most Septembers, I’m not quite ready to give up the sun and warmth of the typical Northwest summer. But, after the drought and extreme low water flows in the rivers this summer, I’m welcoming the needed replenishment of our local waters.

Pink salmon taken on the fly on the Green River

Pink salmon taken on the fly on the Green River

I know that the pink salmon season is almost over when many of the bucks I catch have started growing humps in anticipation of spawning. Days to weeks later, they die so future generations can live. Hopefully, the recent rains came in time so that these fish have not died in vain.

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Pink Salmon Fever Returns to Puget Sound, 2015

 Posted by on September 16, 2015 at 9:39 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Sep 162015
 
Line of fishermen at Lincoln Park, West Seattle

Line of pink salmon fishermen at Lincoln Park, West Seattle

Pink salmon fever had been epidemic in the Puget Sound for a few weeks now and it shows little signs of dissipating anytime soon. Tackle shops have seen a big run on pink lures and flies, parking lots next to fishing holes have been jammed with cars, and fishermen have no immunity to salmon fever.

Pink salmon, having spent two years out in the ocean, return to Washington waters every other odd year to spawn and die. On their journey to create new generations, they must pass a gauntlet of hazards, including hungry sea lions, walls of eager fishermen, and low river flows due to this year’s drought.

Male pink salmon just starting to grow a hump

Male pink salmon just starting to grow a hump

Although I have witnessed many pink salmon runs, I am amazed and in awe every time I see them running up the rivers with every ounce of remaining strength as their dying bodies morph into reproductive machines. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have such a pure and simple goal in life!

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