Pink salmon catches reached quadruple-digit territory in Everett this past weekend, eight days earlier than during 2009’s record run.
WDFW creel stats show 1,139 brought back to the 10th Street ramp on Saturday, 1,006 on Sunday, good for an average of 2.13 and 1.74 pinks per angler.
In 2009, Aug. 16 saw a 1,070-fish day, and then 1,862 on the 22nd before topping out at 2,256 on the 29th, the single best day of all for Everett back through the 2001 season, a quick review of WDFW’s catches shows.
But whether this all means that this summer will match 2009 or the run is early is still a good question.
The catches need to hold up for the former.
Unfortunately for the pinks, rivers such as the Snohomish, which enters Puget Sound at Everett, are running at all-time record lows
On the brighter side, coho have also begun to filter in. Everett anglers caught 28 on Sunday, Shilshole fishermen 19 on Saturday.
I was patrolling the banks about halfway between the two both days this weekend, and managed to land a small hatchery hen on Sunday morning on a Gibbs Blizzard with a hoochie tail.
It was one of three bites over a couple hours of bombing, with the best action around 8:30 to 8:45 as the tide began to rise.
Another angler on the beach also got a hatchery coho.