The Juneau area is predicted to have a very large run of both pink and silver salmon in 2015.
After the incredibly poor showing of pinks in 2014, the run is forecast to be "excellent" this year. The predicted numbers would put it in the Top 10 Harvests of the last 50 years. Bottom line, finding pinks on the fly should be pretty easy this year.
The Gastineau Channel silver salmon fishery is also looking to be outstanding. The fish are hatchery salmon returning to DIPAC and two factors are working in our favor here:
- DIPAC's expanded facility has been producing larger numbers of coho smolt to release and 2015 is the first year we should see the larger run returning. 2014 was a very good year in the channel and the prediction is for TWICE as many returning fish this year.
- DIPAC has been gradually switching their brood stock over to Taku River fish (Fish Creek to be exact) which are typically larger fish. This is the first year we will be seeing 100% Taku River fish.
So more coho and bigger coho.
Get your gear tuned up. It is going to be fun!