With the start of the saltwater salmon season setting process (North of Falcon) beginning over the next month we are starting to learn what the preseason forecasts will be. The Columbia River coho forecast has just been released.
Columbia River Coho Forecast Not Encouraging
My saltwater season goals usually begin with thinking about at least a trip or two out to Neah Bay. This forecast does not make me optimistic for this summer out at the NW tip of the Olympic Peninsula. It seems like a Columbia coho return over 500K is a guarantee of incredible fishing and below that results in spotty fishing, especially closer to the entrance and just inside the Strait.
I will not let this keep me from my plans to fish out there this summer, but it will minimize the number of trips out there. Hopefully, the Puget Sound forecasts will make me smile about the fishing closer to home.
Fingers crossed for that Puget Sound forecast.