2011 week-45 South Sound chum Apple Cove Point purse-seine test fishery results (11/2/2011)

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  <wpatton@nwifc.org>  (360) 528-4383.

The next test fishery will occur on Tuesday, Nov. 8.