Week-45 test fishing at Apple Cove point was the best week yet this season.
The tides were favorable, flooding in the morning and ebbing in the afternoon.
We caught a total of 1,516 chum (and 9 coho) in six sets. The breakdown by set was:
Set 1 54 chum
Set 2 96 chum
Set 3 803 chum (plus 1 coho)
Set 4 256 chum (plus 1 coho)
Set 5 122 chum (plus 6 coho)
Set 6 185 chum (plus 1 coho)
Our chum sample was 47% female. The age-breakdown was 6% age-3, 89.5% age-4, and 4.5% age-5.
The current 2011 in-season South Sound chum run size was updated to 456,000 last week.
Questions can be directed to Bill Patton at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission <firstname.lastname@example.org> (360) 528-4383.
The next test fishery will occur on Tuesday, Nov. 8.