Early Run Summary for Tue. Jun 5
King salmon run update
Through June 3 the cumulative values for all three indices of king salmon abundance are tracking well below average and below their respective minimum inseason management objectives. The daily DIDSON sonar passage estimate of king salmon for June 3 was 92 fish. The cumulative DIDSON sonar passage estimate through June 3 is 938 king salmon. Low run strength indices dictate that the run will continue to be monitored closely. If the numbers of early-run king salmon entering river run do not begin to improve significantly as determined by the indices of abundance and also monitored by DIDSON sonar, restrictive actions to the sport fishery may be necessary during June and into July to ensure adequate escapement of early-run king salmon.
No inseason management actions are scheduled at this time.
The next update is planned to be on Friday, June 8.
Fishing effort is increasing however the catch rate of king salmon remains low and has declined since Wednesday, May 30. On average it is now taking guided anglers approximately 50 hours and unguided anglers about 58 hours to catch a king salmon. King salmon that have entered the river to date, as represented in angler catches and the department netting program, are mostly large, older fish. Early-run sockeye salmon, most of which are bound for the Russian River, continue to pass the sonar station. Hooligan passage has decreased recently.