New WDFW Salmon Forecast is out - compared to the "good ol' days"

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    What pissed me off is when I read the news release from wdfw is they make it sound like they are setting us up for failure, even though there are a few highlights it looks like. The way I read it they seemed to be saying yes the Columbia coho should be a good return but dont plan to be able to fish for them in a lot of spots because we have to protect against the other fish that may be in the same area at that time. Even when theres a somewhat positive outlook, they always find a way to set us up for failure.
     
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    bfin58

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    I am relatively new to reviewing WDFW releases and forecasts, but you are right. They seem to always sound dour, like Eeyore is their media guy. There appears to be some bright spots in the forecast. Why not at least highlight some of the the good news?
     
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    I am relatively new to reviewing WDFW releases and forecasts, but you are right. They seem to always sound dour, like Eeyore is their media guy. There appears to be some bright spots in the forecast. Why not at least highlight some of the the good news?
    Because the reality is that no matter how good some returns look wdfw negotiates with the tribes about as well as I do with my wife.
    So don’t expect this year to be any better than last year besides our “bonus” pinks.
     

    hawksfan75

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    I’m anxiously awaiting the “opportunity” media blitz now that it’s license buying time…

    I listened to a lot of the presentation and the biologist tone is much more in line with reality. The numbers may look good compared to 2019 but historically it’s down right depressing.
     

    gloxx

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    Early 2010s were a great time. I remember boat limits of 20 lb chinook off swiftsure as soon as you get the ball down. Huge schools of coho finning on the surface in the sound, take the kids out and fish on every 15 minutes. Seahawks winning the superbowl. Good times
     

    Salmon King

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    I didn’t see the PS nook numbers?

    The PS coho numbers are ho hum. Pink numbers are decent.

    Ocean coho numbers look good, but you can see that a few stocks are going to be concerning. That leads to a limiting number of “wild” encounters that will shut it down early.

    In the past decade plus of closely monitoring this, it seems that the forecasted numbers rarely translate into hot or cold fishing. They do sometimes lead to closures though.
     

    Siv

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    The PS chinook numbers aren’t mentioned but the last paragraph tells me there won’t be much of an opportunity. Salmon King is right on about raw numbers equaling biters , especially with Coho. To answer the first question the overall numbers are down in every way from years past . Lots of factors / reasons that get debated here all the time. No need to rehash.
     

    tacklejacked

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    Is this all for not if the FNW lawsuit succeeds in getting a judge to agree to an injunction and suspend all salmon seasons. FNW thinks its a possibility.
     

    Polarbill1999

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    Is this all for not if the FNW lawsuit succeeds in getting a judge to agree to an injunction and suspend all salmon seasons. FNW thinks its a possibility.

    I was wondering what the PR fallout could be if this does happen. On one hand a lot more people would know about FNW but on the other hand it could cause a huge uproar of people caught off guard/pissed and to be opposed to FNW.
     
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