Friday, January 3, 2014
Newhalem to Marblemount: 23
Marblemount to Rockport: 50
Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 32
Why are numbers so low this winter?
According to our source at WA Department of Fish and Wildlife, this season’s Skagit River chum run estimate is not in yet, but could possibly be in the 9-10k range. That is worse than both 2012 (36,408) and 2011 (15, 280), both of which were bad years. DFW has escapement goals of 30K in odd years and 100K in even years. The last time that goal was reached on the Skagit was in 2006, with 104,483.
In good news, we have lots of Coho this year. It is too early to say yet, but numbers could be better than last year.
More fish=more eagles.