The second week of test fishing at Apple Cove Point was slightly better than last week.
The tides were again deemed to be favorable, with the flood beginning about 2 hours before sunrise.
We caught a total of 254 chum (along with 11 coho) in six sets. The breakdown by set was:
Set 1 26 chum (plus 1 coho)
Set 2 36 chum (plus 5 coho)
Set 3 55 chum (plus 2 coho)
Set 4 6 chum
Set 5 9 chum
Set 6 122 chum (plus 3 coho)
The chum catch was 57% male. The age-breakdown of the chum catch will be posted here when it becomes available.
The 2011 pre-season forecast total for South/Central Sound chum was around 487,500 (430,000 wild + 57,500 hatchery).
Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission <email@example.com> (360) 528-4383.
The next test fishery will occur on Thursday, Oct. 27.