SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The State Department of Fish and Wildlife held its annual salmon meeting in Santa Rosa Thursday. Fishermen were encouraged by initial reports in this first step that will determine the year’s sport and commercial fishing seasons.
Officials reviewed last year’s catch numbers from commercial and recreational salmon anglers to forecast how many fish are out in the open ocean.
Spokesman Harry Morris said based on those numbers they’ll be able to nail down this season’s dates. Typically the season lasts April through October.
Morris said open ocean abundance [of Sacramento River Fish] is good.
“It’s about 800,000 fish. That’s a good forecast and for the Klamuth [River Fall Run Chinook] it’s about 700,000. So these are both well above the normal averages,” he said.
Captain Steve Talmadge, owner and operator of Flash Sport Fishing off Fisherman’s Wharf, said he’s optimistic this means they’re getting back to where they used to be.