2011 Salmon Fishing Outlook:
It still is quite early, but the preliminary numbers on the salmon runs are getting everyone excited from Washington and Oregon down to California. It looks like the salmon this year are finally coming back in big amounts. The salmon counts have been exponentially larger compared to the last five years and this is definitely reason to get excited about the possible salmon fishing coming up soon.
The local departments of Fish and Game have not made any direct announcements concerning the commercial and sport salmon fishing seasons yet, but they are expected to start talking about the exact numbers they are seeing within the coming weeks. As for locals who are more anxious than normal to hear the news, well, they too are excited.
For the past several years, the numbers of Pacific salmon has gone down to levels not seen before. This had many people concerned and worried that there would be some eventual never ending shut down of the salmon season. But the fish and game people have somehow found a way to slow the fishing and now it is looking like the seasons might come back once again.
There have been tremendous efforts to farm raise and hatchery raise salmon and then to turn them into the rivers, however this does not always end up benefiting the fisherman or the fish and it is difficult to measure any of this success quickly and accurately. In just a little while longer, everyone will have a much more clear view on the salmon fishing season for 2011.