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Friday, December 19, 2014
By Dave Graybill
We had a fantastic spring and summer salmon season here in Central Washington last year and it looks like we have one coming up again in 2015. The forecasts are out for spring salmon, summer runs and sockeye for next year, with good numbers of all three species predicted to return to our area. The spring salmon return is expected to be 232,500, and if it actually happens it would be the 6th best run since 1979. Cross your fingers on this one, it is one of the most difficult to predict. The anticipated return of summer run salmon is 73,000, which is down slightly. We had 78,000 over Priest Rapids Dam last year. Still that is plenty of fish. The sockeye return is expected to be 394,000, which is lower than last year, but is over twice as many as we had two years ago. The sockeye run is becoming more consistent and is probably the most popular salmon fishery in North Central Washington. It appears that we could expect the Wenatchee and Yakima rivers open to spring salmon fishing again this year, and the Wenatchee open to summer run salmon fishing as well. It all depends on the predictions being on target.