Yesterday, August 17, was the second day that the Snohomish River had been open for salmon fishing. I wasn't able to go fishing on the opening day because I had to work at the bee store. Since I own the bee store calling in sick wasn't an option. Fortunately, I have an employee so Quentin manned the store while I got to go fishing.
The Snohomish river has very strong run of pink salmon, also called humpies, in odd years. For some strange reason the river has a lighter run of pinks in even years. About two million pinks run up the river in an odd numbered year while we have a mere 700,000 fish in an even numbered year. I don't know how long it has been that way. You would think that over time the two runs would even out. In an odd year the daily catch limit for pinks is four fish. In an even year, if you are allowed to fish for the pink salmon, the daily catch limit is usually just one fish. As you can imagine the fishing pressure is much less in the even years while the river is filled with fisherman in the odd years. These are all native fish as there is no hatchery for pink salmon.