Anglers looking for pink salmon have a new tool thanks to the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The website, wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/pink, includes insights into fishing pink salmon in both marine and freshwater areas, helpful fishing tips, suggestions on access points from both rivers and coast, and information on where and when the pinks are arriving.
WDFW estimates that some 6.8 million pink salmon will return to Washington’s Puget Sound rivers. Additionally the Fraser River in Canada is expecting a return of some 14.5 million pink salmon, many of which will be accessible to Washington saltwater anglers as they migrate through northern U.S. waters.
Anglers will be competing with the killer whales for this resource. According to NOAA, an adult orcas eat 18 salmon per day.